Will Santa Claus Deliver a Year-End Rally for Investors?

It turns out Santa Claus doesn’t just deliver gifts under the Christmas tree. Traditionally, November and December are positive months for the U.S. stock market as well. Chalk it up to year-end catch-up buying or positive seasonal holiday cheer, but history shows that investors can expect stock market...
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Big Changes Coming for Your Credit Card Perks

As you pack for a trip or set foot in a mall over the holidays, take a close look at the benefits that come with your credit cards. Many issuers are shuffling the lineup of perks they offer to customers. Discover has dropped several travel-related benefits from its...
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10 Best and Worst Deals at Home Depot

In 1978, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank were fired from Handy Dan Home Improvement Centers — and that might have been the best thing to ever happen to them. Fourteen months later they opened the first two Home Depots, the start of an international success. Today, Home Depot...
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5 Things to Do on Black Friday Instead of Shopping

Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — has become associated with a huge rush of shopping for many Americans. Stores offer a variety of sales, and people run to get discounted items to check off their holiday gift list or to get something new for themselves. For...
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Week’s Winners and Losers: Pandora Jams, Costco Slammed

There were plenty of winners and losers this week, with a struggling music app getting a boost from a record-breaking album and another cult fave experiencing an E. coli scare. Pandora (P) — Winner Adele’s “25” is a hit, and unlike streaming music rivals Spotify or Apple’s (AAPL)...
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Economic Good Tidings for Which We Are Grateful

As Thanksgiving approaches, we think about all of the people and things in our lives that we are thankful for — but how often do we think about being thankful for our economic good fortune? The 24-hour news cycle can make it seem like we are in a...
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Cyber Monday Sales Still on Top, but Losing Some Luster

NEW YORK — Shoppers traded bricks for clicks Monday, flocking online to snap up “Cyber Monday” deals on everything from cashmere sweaters to Star Wars toys. Now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday has lost some of its luster as online sales...
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