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Stocks Close Even Higher Following Dow's Record Day

After barreling through a record the day before, the Dow Jones industrial average meandered higher on Wednesday. The DJIA edged up 42.47 points to close at 14,296.24. An encouraging job-market report helped nudge the stock market up and pushed bond prices lower. The question now is, how much longer can it keep climbing?

5 Things You Should Watch in the Stock Market This Week

Internet radio giant Pandora and giant discounter Big Lots report their earnings; in entertainment, Disney is opening a huge new expansion, while Nintendo is thinking small; and some companies just can give money away fast enough -- as dividends.

What to Watch This Week: Retailers Report; Disney's Day

Let's go over some of the items that will help shape the Wall Street week that lies ahead: A host of retailers are reporting earnings; we'll see how Disney's 24 Leap Day event plays out; a test for homemade soda; and a wake-up call for DreamWorks.

Why Walmart Had to Bring Back Layaways

Walmart is struggling to end its declining same store sales, which have faltered over the past nine consecutive quarters. It's no wonder: With massive unemployment, discount retailers have to pull out all the stops to win over new customers, or even retain the ones they have. Re-enter layaways, which Walmart shelved in 2006.

The 10 Retailers That'll Have a Not-So-Jolly Holiday

Holiday sales are historically make-or-break for many retailers, and every year, several break -- and even go out of business. Others make large cuts in their store numbers and employees. 24/7 Wall St. combed through the numbers and spotlights 10 retailers that won't look the same next year -- if they're even around.

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Black Friday coupons and cash rebates

So you missed the doorbusters. No worries. Who wants to cram into a store at dawn or set the alarm for 2 a.m. to get a virtual doorbuster? The best...