Think back to when you were in school and the Friday after Thanksgiving was an automatic holiday. Great, right?
Now come back to reality when it's a work day. OK, it's only a half session for the market, but for jittery traders, that means there won't be any sleeping late the day after all that turkey and pumpkin pie has been consumed.
The good news is that the economic and earnings calendars are bare. However, it won't be completely quiet, because for retailers it's Black Friday, the traditional start to the Christmas shopping season in the U.S.
So while you're counting the minutes to 1 p.m. EST, when the market will mercifully close, pass the time by watching all that compelling television footage of the ridiculous crowds at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J.
, Priya Ganapati will take a look at the expected winners and losers this holiday season in the video-game sector --
and others. Also, Laurie Kulikowski will examine whether banks' efforts to better manage risk are simply too little too late.
And be sure to check in early for the latest version of the popular column "The Five Dumbest Things on Wall Street This Week."