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GS Deal Exposed; BofA Deal Nixed

Two surprises in the finance biz: A small group of bond investors has thrown a wrench into Bank of America's massive mortgage securities settlement, while the Fed revealed a secret $15 billion loan it made to Goldman Sachs in 2008. But in retail, there are no bad surprises on same-store sales so far.

Week in Preview: Retail Earnings Due This Week

Last week, Macy's and JCPenney kicked off the retail earnings season by posting better-than-expected earnings for the most recent quarter. But the news may not continue to be so good as many more quarterly reports from retailers come in this week. Walmart, for example, is expected to buck the trend.