In this video from Thursday's Investor Beat, host Chris Hill, and Motley Fool analysts Taylor Muckerman and Evan Niu, sift through the noise to shine some investing light on the biggest news stories from the market today.

While November's retail results did come in higher than expected, it was only because auto sales were so strong; backing those out, the sector was largely flat year over year. Could tablet sales be the factor that drives those numbers higher in December? In the lead segment on today's Investor Beat, Evan and Taylor discuss retail in December, and whether now is the time to buy in.

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