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Why Walmart's Greatness Is Over

Tuesday morning's big earnings report was from Walmart, and the results have been trumpeted as impressive: Profits were up 5.7%. But a closer look at the numbers, and a careful consideration of recent retail history, suggests that the world's largest retailer is a fading giant.

5 Things to Watch Next Week on Wall St.

Next week brings more earnings reports from big-name companies, including several home improvement giants, a couple of "good enough" computer makers, penny-pinching discount masters, and office supplier Staples -- whose results might stand as an indication of the broader economy's health.