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Bullish tone seen this week

Traders look for a strong start to the holiday-shopping season in the markets

Every day last week, Walmart offered the kind of "door-buster" deals that were traditionally limited to the Friday after Thanksgiving and, more recently, to the whole Thanksgiving weekend.

STOCKS inched higher last week as a crash in oil prices supported an apparent boom in holiday sales. Tradition suggests the bulls will stay in control this week.

The descent in oil prices reached historic proportions last week, and they are now down by almost half from the summer peak.