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What's Next for Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO) and J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) Stocks

Alibaba buys Yahoo

Due to two major announcements this week, both Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO)  and J.C. Penney Company Inc. (NYSE: JCP) stocks are in the red today (Thursday).

This week, Yahoo! parted ways with Chief Operating Officer Henrique de Castro, whom Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer poached from Google in October 2012. That's because the ship de Castro was steering - digital ads - has more than halved since 2008, and dropped from 6.8% to 5.8% in 2013.

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The One Retail Stock to Buy that Will Survive the December Slump

As Main Street gears up for the holiday shopping season, the retail sector takes center stage on Wall Street.

The bad news for those investing in retail stocks: Morgan Stanley cautions overall retail sales growth is expected to be the weakest since 2008 - meaning the sector's robust 40% year to date could be headed for a slowdown.

Weighed down by concerns over pay and hiring, consumer confidence continues to fall, suggesting consumers will continue to be tight-fisted. After a steep drop in October, the consumer confidence level fell further in November. Slipping to 70.4 from 72.4, it marks the lowest level in seven months, Tuesday's Conference Board data revealed.

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