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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Nowadays, Black Friday has morphed in Black November, with the likes of Walmart (WMT) , Target (TGT) , and Amazon (AMZN) bombing the email accounts of the average mobile phone lover throughout the month regarding hot deals.
But for investors, Black Friday is a opportune time to learn whether publicly traded retailers and even shippers such as UPS (UPS) and FedEx (FDX) , have nailed or failed their holiday plans. Are messy, overstocked tables at one retailer suggesting that yes, the company's recent full year earnings warning has validity? Did another sell through its entire lot of Disney (DIS) Frozen product and if so, what does that mean for fourth quarter earnings and the outlook for the first quarter of 2015?
These are just some of the clues TheStreet's Brian Sozzi will be attempting to piece together in a unique, 36-hour marathon analytical session that begins at struggling retailer Kmart at 6:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving and ends on Black Friday at 6:00 p.m. Follow along with his photos, Vines, and analytical comments live from the field to see who has started the season on the right foot and who is at risk of financial disappointment for the all-important holiday season.
Black Friday Scorecards:
-- Kmart Gets a "C"
-- J.C. Penney Gets a "B+"
-- Target Gets a "B+"
-- Macy's Gets a "B+"