BOSTON (TheStreet) -- A look at the return on equities this year and the potential for a continuation of the Santa Claus rally leads your quick fix of company, market, economic and investing news for Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Tuesday's 5 Biggest Stories

Despite the massive volatility and swings in stocks, the

S&P 500

is set to have the smallest price change in more than four decades.



may still be alive and kicking, at least in rally form.


Austerity happens:

Italian retailers

had the worst Christmas sales in a decade.


China and Japan

announce an agreement that adds renminbi-denominated debt to Japan's reserves.




is using computers to analyze hedge fund performance to identify rogue firms.


Company News

What Recovery, Part I:

Sears Holdings


will close 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart stores due to a drop in sales.

CNN Money


(GOOG) - Get Report

is angering its rivals by using its search power to promote its own online travel services.


Did you get an iPad 2 for Christmas? Sucker.


(AAPL) - Get Report

is reportedly set to launch the iPad 3 for Steve Jobs' birthday in February.

Focus Taiwan


Obama is having a nice holiday. First, the House Republicans cave on the payroll tax cuts, and then he finds out this year saw the

most demand for U.S. debt

since 1995.


What Recovery, Part II:

Chinese stocks

are at a 33-month low.


Investment Strategy

10 favorite

stocks set up nicely

for 2012.

Leigh Drogen

Berkshire Hathaway

(BRK.B) - Get Report

flashes a golden cross, and you can probably afford a share now!

Trade With Pete

Odds and Ends

Hacker group


strikes again, this time attacking think tank Stratfor's Web site.


$41 billion in gift cards

have gone unspent from 2005 until now.


I was gifted the complete

The Smiths

boxed set for Christmas. It's awesome. Here's one of my favorite songs by the band.


-- Written by Robert Holmes in Boston


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