Face Off

Face-Off on Stocks: Macy's, J.C. Penney, Kohl's

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.

Face-Off on Stocks: Barrick Gold, Newmont Mining, Goldcorp

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.