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5 Things to Watch on Wall Street This Week

From Costco checking in with its latest financials to a highly anticipated video game that could breathe life into the moribund gaming industry, there will be plenty of news breaking in the coming days. Here are some of the items that will shape the week ahead on Wall Street.

Retail's Strangest Bedfellows: Out-of-Place Items at Popular Stores

Mismatched pairs have been around for ages. Beauty falling for the Beast? Tony Bennett singing a duet with Bono? Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg? Well, odd couplings aren't limited to people: Here's a round up of eyebrow-raising pairings we've seen at popular retailers.

What Every American Should Know About the Capital Gains Tax

One of the most contentious issues in the debate over how the U.S. government can increase its revenues involves the capital gains tax rate -- the rate investors pay on their profits. Here's what you need to know to understand just what both sides are arguing about.

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.