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Several retailers have already indicated that brisk Christmas holiday sales

weren't enough to make up for the weakness earlier in the month, but investors are still bidding up their shares.

Wal-Mart

(WMT) - Get Walmart Inc. Report

recently rose $2.19, or 4.3%, to $52.81 in

New York Stock Exchange

trading.

Target

(TGT) - Get Target Corporation Report

gained $1.44, or 4.7%, to $32.06.

Gap

(GPS) - Get Gap, Inc. Report

traded higher by $1.75, or 7.5%, to $25.19, and

Abercrombie & Fitch

(ANF) - Get Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Class A Report

shot up $3, or 17.8%, to $19.81.

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Also gaining ground today were

Pier 1 Imports

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, which rose 69 cents, or 7.4%, to $9.94, and

Best Buy

(BBY) - Get Best Buy Co., Inc. Report

, which rose $1.38, or 5.6%, to $25.94.

Nordstrom

(JWN) - Get Nordstrom, Inc. Report

recently traded at $18.19, up $1.88, or 11.5%.

Saks

(SKS)

traded at $9.44, up 38 cents, or 4.1%.

Toys 'R' Us

(TOY)

gained $1.81, or 11.8%, to $17.19, and

TJX

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rose $1.44, or 5.5%, to $27.69.

AnnTaylor

(ANN)

saw its shares rise $2.63, or 11.9%, to $24.75, while

Talbots

(TLB)

pushed ahead by $3.13, or 7.4%, to $45.31. Old-line standards

J.C. Penney

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and

Sears

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also rose today, but

Kmart

(KM)

couldn't join in the rally. Penney recently traded at $10.13, up 63 cents, or 6.6%, and Sears rose $1.46, or 4.5%, to $34.10. Kmart slipped 25 cents, or 4.9%, to $4.81.