This week's Happy Hour takes you shopping.

With retail stocks posting solid gains since January, co-hosts Chris Edmonds and Eric Gillin check up on retailers with

TheStreet.com

's retail guru Tim Arango. Tim takes a look at discounters such as

Wal-Mart

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and

Target

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, as well as the battle of home improvement giants

Home Depot

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and

Lowe's

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.

Plus, Arango surveys the goods at

Gap

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as well as

Sears'

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purchase of

Lands' End

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.

Then we take a look at the newest craze in adult beverages: the malternative. A concoction of beer and flavor, these beverages -- from Zima to Smirnoff Ice -- are moving off grocery and liquor stores shelves at a brisk pace. We chat with Benj Steinman, editor of

Beer Marketers' Insights

, to assess the trend.

We'll also feature the latest installment of Happy Hour's weekly Markets Roundtable. This week, we discuss market psychology and the powerless power providers with Tony Dwyer, chief market strategist at Kirlin Securities, and Tommy Pritchard, managing director of Pritchard Capital Partners.

Join the show at 5 p.m. EDT Thursday by clicking on the Happy Hour tile atop

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interactive.

Dave

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