No business knows the pressure of the holiday selling season better than the toy industry. Happily for them, the early retail reports are comfortably solid so far. But does that mean shares of toymakers are appealing at their current prices? [Video]
The nation's three biggest department-store operators have been disproportionately pinched by the downturn in consumer spending. That's what happens when you're stuck in the middle of the retail-price spectrum during a period of sagging home values and lofty unemployment. [Video]
With gold prices going gangbusters, there's no shortage of ways to play the precious metal. But if you're really looking for some action (as well as some potential downside protection), individual gold-mining picks have the best shot to outperform.