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  • Stock index futures dipped Monday, tracking losses in Europe amid concerns over whether Greece can avoid a messy default.

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    Take a look at some of Monday morning's early movers:

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    Goldman Sachs' latest "Conviction List" for the Americas, a roster of "buy"-rated U.S. stocks, highlights 11 consumer companies. TheStreet.com details the profiles, market cap, potential upside and 2011 return of these companies.

  • People make purchases inside Macy's department store November 25, 2011 in New York after the midnight opening to begin the "Black Friday" shopping weekend. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

    In the wake of this year's Black Friday shopping frenzy, many were asking how retailers were going to do to maintain the momentum throughout the holiday shopping season. We now have the answer: Let's make it Black Friday everyday!

  • Santa delivered for the toy industry last year. After several years of decline, U.S. sales turned around in 2010 and grew about 2 percent from the prior year to about $21.87 billion, according to market researcher NPD Group. The holiday season is a critical time for the industry because that is when it rings up the bulk of its annual sales. This year, many toymakers are sticking to tried-and-true formulas to win customers. But these classic themes often have a new twist that makes them fresh. We

    We’ve scanned the hot holiday toy lists from retailers, trade publications and blogs, and did a little digging ourselves to bring you a collection of toys that is sure to please.

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    Investors worry that if earnings can’t break the vicious cycle of stocks moving in same direction, stock pickers may be forced to join the protesters down on Wall Street.

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    Last week, retailers took a crack at picking the hot toys for the upcoming Christmas holiday season, and this week, it’s the publications that write and review toys that are taking a crack at it. But ultimately, the only lists that matter are the ones children write with their wishes.

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    It's that most wonderful time of the year for toy makers. Parents will soon be stuffing the closets full of toys to give as holiday gifts. But before we get there, parents will need to know what to buy. So here comes the parade of hot holiday toy lists.

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    Toys 'R Us is ratcheting up the number of exclusive products it will sell this holiday season. The expanded effort, which may have been foretold by the company's hiring of Neil Friedman, a long-time Mattel executive earlier this year, will be supported by direct-mail efforts (which will begin this weekend), social marketing, and television advertising.

  • Whenever parents put on amateur Santa Claus hats and try to choose toys for their children, they’re often in for a difficult task with several volatile factors. Will the toy make loud, irritating noises? Is it too expensive? Does it have small parts that are destined to be lost forever under the couch?While choosing toys for a child poses many challenges, designing them presents even more. Will it be sold in an eye-catching package? Is it a tie-in with a movie that nobody wanted to see? Will it

    Companies that have dominated the toy market have sometimes rolled out products that may have seemed like a joke to potential buyers. Here are a few examples.

  • As many companies are releasing their second-quarter earnings reports, one investment firm has released its list of top stock picks for the third quarter. David Kestenbaum, Morgan Joseph TriArtisan's head of equity research, detailed his top picks in an interview with CNBC on Friday.

  • Bank shares tumbled Monday, hit by a ratings downgrade in the sector and growing concerns that the U.S. and Europe are not doing enough to address their escalating debt problems.

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    You still can't use people's names in Scrabble — but according to the latest update of one major Scrabble dictionary, words like "Grrl" and "Innit" are just fine.

  • Some companies spring from a single idea or a single innovation, while others take a detour.Some of the biggest brands and biggest companies today were created from a detour. Originally, they might have made textiles, soap or weapons. In at least one case, they were kind of a cult before planting their corporate roots. Today, those stories have largely trailed off , and we know them as powerhouses in retail, manufacturing and technology. Here are the unusual orgins of some big companies.

    Some companies spring from a single idea or a single innovation, while others take a detour. Some of the biggest brands and biggest companies today were created from a detour.

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    Hasbro's earnings announcement certainly didn't wind up investors Thursday — the toymaker missed expectations and reported net income fell 71 percent.

  • Stocks ended higher as investors took heart from strong economic news and shrugged off disappointing quarterly results ahead of a big week of earnings. Merck and DuPont led the Dow higher, while BofA fell.

  • Stocks lost a little steam in the final hour of trading as technology companies slid, although investors remained encouraged by several upbeat economic report. Merck and DuPont gained, while BofA fell.

  • Stocks closed mixed after another choppy, low volume session, as the broader market staged a late afternoon rally despite slumping bank and tech stocks. Kraft rose, while JPMorgan fell.

  • Stocks took a brighter tone in the last hour of trading as the broader market gained, although banks and tech stocks remained lower. Coca Cola rose, while JPMorgan fell.

  • U.S. equities are seeing a consolidation while emerging market stocks are accelerating, said Mark Tepper, managing partner and co-founder of Strategic Wealth Partners.