The market's been rolling along nicely since its springtime spring, but can it end the year on a high note?
December is typically a sleepy month for financial news, especially as traders and boardrooms make the most of the holiday season. The calendar never sleeps, though.
Here are a few of the days that I plan to approach with eyes wide open this month.
Barnes & Noble's
The shortage is also stifling B&N's real-world plan. Instead of stocking stores for the holiday rush, the retailer will only be sending demo units to its high-traffic stores on Dec. 7.
This still makes it an important day for B&N. It will be the first time that its Nook will be seen out in the wild, and you know that bloggers, Twitterers, and creepy folks who spend way too much time in book superstores will let the rest of the world know what they think of the device.
Don't let the "Cyber Monday" hype fool you. The Monday after Thanksgiving may be a lively time for online shopping, but it's never the busiest day of the year. That honor typically goes out to either Green Monday (a week after Cyber Monday) or Brown Monday (two weeks after Cyber Monday).
My gut has Brown Monday as the big winner this year. For starters, shoppers are more comfortable with online fulfillment, so orders placed as late as Dec. 14 should have no problem arriving well before Christmas Eve. We're also still clawing our way out of a recession, so I can see shoppers holding back for as long as possible, either to have clearer visibility as to how much they can spend or to see if desperate retailers break out even better deals.
This will be the day to watch -- and shop.
Are video games, DVDs, or CDs bouncing back? Who has the hot smartphone? Are the new Sirius XM Radio
One of the year's biggest movies may actually be opening just as 2009 is blowing away. James Cameron makes his long-awaited Hollywood return with Avatar. The previews are jaw-dropping, but what else would one expect from Cameron?
Beyond its studio -- News Corp.'s
If not, let's at least hope that the popcorn is fresh!
There aren't too many companies reporting during the last two weeks of the year, so Red Hat
Analyst see the provider of premium Linux solutions earning $0.16 a share for its fiscal third quarter, a third less than it rang up a year ago. The bad news is that this would be the third quarter in a row in which Red Hat posts year-over-year declines on the bottom line. The good news is that Red Hat has beaten analyst expectations in each of the past eight quarters.
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