We seem to be reciting Mark Twain's famous "The report of my death..." quote on a daily basis as investors overreact and look for that straw that will break the bull market's back. Well, today that mantra seemed to especially apply to the world of retail as the sector has been left for dead.

Someone forgot to tell TJX Cos. (TJX - Get Report)  , the company behind T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, as the retailer reported better-than-expected earnings for the second quarter, bucking the retail trend that has dragged down many of its peers.

While the rise wasn't felt sector-wide -- see below for the tale of Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS - Get Report)  -- TJX second quarter earnings provide a bright spot for some in retail, especially those that are able to stay price competitive with Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN - Get Report)  .

Still, TJX's better-than-anticipated results failed to raise overall markets, as investors instead looked to a relatively nascent market, the cryptocurrency market, for new growth. However, a recent report from Nautilus Investment Research states that Bitcoin and the stock market actually feed off one another, pushing prices forward on both sides again and again. It was thought that bitcoin may react much like gold, as a safe haven asset, but that does not seem to be the case, at lease in this current market.

So while Wall Street remained focused on the changing face of retail, TheStreet.com continued to monitor one of its most heated rivalries: that between chipmakers Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD - Get Report)  and Nvidia Corp. (NVDA - Get Report)  . Nvidia's dominance of the high-end gaming GPU space, where a big portion of the PC GPU market's profits are earned, remains strong, but AMD, however is pushing forward with a secret weapon of its own. AMD's new Ryzen processors launched in March are selling better than rival chips from Intel Corp. (INTC - Get Report) , which could help the company in its head-to-head battle with Nvidia.

Much is being made of the trouble brewing in auto loans, but have you heard about the consumer credit-card debt crisis facing lenders such as Synchrony Financial (SYF - Get Report)  and Capital One Financial (COF - Get Report) ? The fall-out could also be felt by other large lenders.

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Photo of the day: Still hunting for success
Shares of Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. fell double digits early Tuesday following the company's second quarter earnings miss, which it blamed on weak results from its hunting segment. The hunting segment has been the bread and butter of Dick's since its founding as Dick's Clothing and Sporting Goods in 1948. Dick's was founded by Richard "Dick" Stack as a simple bait and tackle shop. He son, Eddie, currently serves as the chairman and CEO of the company. Above is Dick (right) pictured with his older brother Ed in their first bait and tackle store in Binghamton, N.Y. circa 1951.