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  • January retail same store sales: how could the numbers be so far off? Retailers, for the most part, reported numbers higher than expected, in some cases WAY HIGHER than expected. How could sell-side analysts, who provide the estimates, be so far off? There's two problems...

  • S&P 500 futures lost about 4 points on the disappointing weekly initial jobless claims number. Sovereign debt issues, which popped up again yesterday, are back down in a big way today: Portugal down 3.2 percent, Spain down 2.6 percent, Greece down 1.7 percent. European banks are weak.

  • Following are the week’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Time Warner Cable and Textron popped while TJX and Monsanto dropped.

  • With Intel considered a barometer for the entire tech sector, how should you place your bets only hours ahead of Intel results.

  • Investors are wondering how to game retail after Tiffany said shoppers were spending again. Find out how Karen Finmerman is playing it.

  • It has been so easy to say the Asian economies, especially China, will take the lead in lifting the world from its morass. Kind of takes the heat off the rest of us. But since China officially passed Germany as the leading exporter of goods it makes you wonder how that could happen.

  • When it comes to the jobs report, good news is bad news and bad news is bad news, says Gary Kaminsky. What does he mean?

  • What follows is a look at stocks in the S&P 500 displaying unusual volume in today's trading session.

  • Markets overseas fell in Thursday trading, with China’s Shanghai Composite falling nearly 2 percent for its biggest drop in nearly 2 weeks. This came as China’s central bank made a surprising short-term tightening move by raising rates on its 3-month bills for the first time in over 4 months.

  • New data from SpendingPulse suggests Thursday's same-store sales numbers might surprise, pleasantly. How should you be positioned?

  • Claire Vissichelli of South Setauket pushes a shopping cart inside of a Wal-Mart in South Setauket, N.Y., shortly after the store opened at 5 a.m., Friday, Nov. 25, 2005. The nation's retailers are set to usher in the 2005 holiday shopping season with the usual come-ons_deep discounts and expanded hours_ along with a slew of stores offering early bird specials for the first time. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)

    Holiday shoppers bought a little more jewelry, electronics and boots but passed by the women's clothing racks, according to figures released Wednesday.

  • With a stronger dollar dragging down commodities names, should you be an aggressive buyer of the pullback? Or will the greenback derail commodities bulls, all together?

  • Pedestrians walk through the Union Square shopping district in San Francisco, California.

    Early signs are showing that retailers had a happy holiday, but investors should remember that there are still five critical weeks left in the holiday quarter for many retailers.

  • Is the market a tad giddy with good cheer? In other words, have investors priced in an economic recovery that's stronger than what we're seeing?

  • Upbeat results from technology firms led stocks higher Friday, however the Nasdaq was the only major index to close in positive territory for the week. Is tech your top trade?

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    Dreaming of a white Christmas? If you are in the Northeast, you just might get your wish. Weather forecasters are calling for a a major snowstorm to start in Virginia on Friday and head up the coast to New England by Sunday. What does this mean for retailers?

  • Both the Dow and S&P closed lower on Thursday with selling accelerating into the close largely due to jitters about Friday’s jobs report.

  • What follows is a look at stocks in the S&P 500 displaying unusual volume in today's trading session.

  • The stats are in and we now know what consumers bought this past weekend. Here are two great ways to play it.

  • If concerns about Dubai are overblown, are banks oversold? Is the dip a buying opportunity?