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5 Things to Watch on Wall Street This Week

Here are some of the items that will shape the week ahead on Wall Street: Costco talks about its quarter past, and its dividend to come; Dollar General is raking them in; homebuilders report; zombies give a late boost to video games, and Hobbits give a late boost to movie theaters.

Never Buy Gift Cards at Full Price: 7 Places to Find Them Cheaper

As the holiday shopping season speeds toward its finale, millions of shoppers will give up on finding "perfect gifts" and instead buy gift cards. That's actually a great idea: Lots of people love gift cards. What is not a good idea is paying face value for them when discounts can be found all over.

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.

This Week's 5 Best Moves and Blunders in Business

Companies can do brilliant things, but there are also times where they fall flat on their faces. Sometimes CEOs can save the day, but at other times, they say and do the darndest things. There were plenty of winners and blunders this week. Let's check out some of them.

My Mom's 3 Biggest Money Management Secrets Revealed

Everything I ever needed to know to succeed in life, I learned from my mother. Although I didn't realize it at the time, her maternal management even taught me how to make the most of my money. Here are the three best tricks she ever showed me, and how you can make them work for you.

How Costco Became the Anti-Walmart

Both Costco and Walmart are places where people go to buy in bulk and save money. But while Walmart employees are striking for higher wages and healthcare, Costco has among the happiest employees in the business, and also offers the occasional brand name.

Costco Moves into Mortgage Loans

There doesn't seem to be anything under the sun that Costco doesn't sell, including mortgage loans. The retailer's new online financial offering had been in testing mode for the past year, and it has worked so well that it has now been launched publicly.

Quebec to Big Retailers: Frenchify Your Signs

Walmart and several other leading North American retailers are going to court to fight orders from the Quebec Board of the French Language that their outdoor signs be modified in order to appear "more French."

How to Cut Kids' Lunch Costs: A Back-to-School Idea Roundup

Over the course of a school year, the cost of having your kid buy lunch in the cafeteria every day can really add up. But the alternative -- packing lunch for them -- has its own stresses. So what's a cash-strapped mom who hates packing lunch to do? Turn to the blogs, of course!

Burger King Has a Soft Spot for Chickens

Burger King may have to shell out a bit more, but it has committed to switching over to using only eggs laid by cage-free chickens. It's not just humane -- it's good business, and it may push corporate egg producers to follow BK's lead.

5 Companies Americans Can Be Proud Of

Called it conscious capitalism or just good business, but these five companies have all prospered in every measure over the last decade by doing good for their employees, suppliers, customers or the general public.

The 11 Brands With the Most Loyal Customers

Brand loyalty: It's why we buy a lot of what we buy, and any company that sells anything is striving to induce that feeling in its potential customers. Last week, research consultancy Brand Keys revealed which American companies do it best.

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.

Get a Manicure, a Fine Wine, and a Latte ... at Walgreens?

Walgreens, the nation's largest pharmacy chain unveiled a new flagship store in Chicago that re-imagines the drugstore experience. Among the "unexpected" new offerings: fresh sushi, salon services, more than 700 fine wines and a juice bar. But will we really buy wine with our aspirin?

How Sears Can Save Itself: Buy and Sell American

On Tuesday, Sears Holdings announced it would close as many as 120 Sears and Kmart stores after a holiday sales season in which it fell flat on its face. What Sears really needs is a new image -- an idea that will lure shoppers back. Could "Made in the USA" be it?

Walmart's Holiday Price-Match Offer Is Just a Gimmick

From Nov. 1 until Christmas, Walmart says it will match prices with its rivals retroactively. Buy now, and if anyone advertises an identical product for a better price, go back to Walmart and claim a refund for the difference. But of course there's a catch -- more than one, in fact.

Walmart's New Promise: Always Low Benefits

On Friday, Walmart announced it was rolling back is health benefits for part-time workers -- benefits that the nation's largest employer expanded just a few years ago in response to criticism of its labor practices. And even the lucky few employees who get to keep their coverage aren't going to like the new plan much.

Savings Experiment: Trim Your Hair Care Budget

Consumers shelled out an estimated $2.32 billion on shampoo last year, and $1.71 billion on conditioner. But caring for your crowning glory shouldn't cost you a king's ransom. Here are four easy ways to save on this frequent purchase.

Stop Rewarding Win-At-All-Costs Leaders

Winning isn't just about outscoring your opponent or exceeding the next quarter's goals; it's about doing what's in the long-term best interests of all your fellow stakeholders. With some notable exceptions, business leaders are focused only on short-term gains. We need to demand better.

CEO Shuffle: Three Major Corporate Chiefs Step Down

Announcements made late Wednesday and early Thursday revealed that three large companies -- Wendy's, Costco, and Bank of New York Mellon -- are losing their CEOs. And while the first two cases sound like they'll result in smooth transitions, the third comes as something of a shock.

What Keith Richards and Costco's CEO Share

Reading Keith Richard's much-praised autobiography "Life," and at the same time thinking about corporate leadership, the author came to a startling conclusion. Richards the retirement-shunning rocker and Costco CEO and founder Jim Singeal have an essential trait in common. Authenticity: the drive that can't be faked.

Retailers Post Solid July Sales

July retail sales were solid, with Costco, Macy's, JC Penney, Nordstron and Saks Fifth Avenue all beating expectations. Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, the retail consultancy, says we could be having the best back-to-school selling season since 2006.

Why You Should Shop Carefully for Retail Stocks

Retail stocks surged Thursday, as June same-store sales sparked investor euphoria. The jump probably stood out even more sharply against a still-tough economy for many U.S. consumers. However, if this sudden elation has you thinking about snapping up retail shares yourself, make sure you shop with more than a little caution.