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Schaeffer's Daily Market Blog Features: DSW Inc., General Motors, Digital Insight, Children's Place Retail Stores, and Wal-Mart Stores.

CINCINNATI -- Among the stocks featured in the November 30 edition of Schaeffer's Market Blog are DSW Inc. (NYSE:DSW), General Motors (NYSE:GM), Digital Insight (NASDAQ:DGIN), Children's Place Retail Stores (NASDAQ:PLCE), and Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT). Schaeffer's Market Blog is just one of the many free market commentaries written every day at - the home of Bernie Schaeffer and Schaeffer's Investment Research. The Market Blog is written throughout every trading day by Schaeffer's financial analysts and traders. They are quick insights to the day's most notable market activity from an options perspective. To have this report delivered to you free via email every day click on the following link and you'll also get an opportunity to win an iPod Nano. .

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1:28 PM Boots Made for Climbing

After hovering within a point of its 10-day and 20-day moving averages for the past two weeks, DSW Inc. (NYSE:DSW) is showing significant growth this last day of November. The footwear retailer's shares have jumped 13 percent, as of post time. This dramatic rise comes after yesterday afternoon's announcement that comparable-store sales for the third quarter increased 2.6 percent over the same period last year. The third-quarter net income was $16 million on net sales of $332.2 million; this after bringing in just $10.9 million on net sales of $302.2 during the 2005 third quarter. The company also made official their plans to open an additional 29 stores in the coming year. Whether the stock is able to hold such a high point through the end of trading today remains to be seen, but the early strength shows that DSW's recent successes have translated, at least for the moment, into trader confidence.

1:24 PM Oil Stocks Gain Ground

Despite weakness in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA - 12,213.0) this morning, many integrated oil stocks and oil services stocks are gaining ground. Yesterday's inventory report from the U.S. Department of Energy set the bulls loose, pushing crude futures higher. At last check, Murphy Oil (MUR) was up 1.25 percent, Sunoco was up 0.78 percent, Exxon Mobil (XOM) was up 0.88, Chevron (CVX) was ahead 1.97, Valero (VLO) was up 0.27 percent, and ConocoPhillips (COP) advanced 1.08 percent. Meanwhile, Halliburton (HAL) gained 1.4 percent and Schlumberger (SLB) added 1.07 percent.

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12:59 PM General Motors Resilient on Kerkorian News

The Duke of Detroit, General Motors (NYSE:GM), is coming under fire this afternoon, and captain Kirk Kerkorian's Tracinda is the antagonist yet again. The company reported that it is selling another 14 million shares of GM, bringing Tracinda's stake in the company to 4.95 percent. While the stock plunged more than three percent when the news hit the wire, GM has bounced back solidly, and was last seen lower by just 1.5 percent. Providing a layer of technical support, the security's 20-month moving average was tested on this share reaction, and held in stellar fashion. This rebound from news of additional selling pressure from the billionaire investor could mark a rather nice entry point for a long position in GM.

12:41 PM Bears Looking for Some Digital Insight

Bearish investors could be feeling the pinch on Digital Insight (NASDAQ:DGIN) today. The stock has rallied nearly 16 percent on news that Intuit (INTU) has agreed to acquire the company for $39 per share - about an 18-percent premium to DGIN's close yesterday. Currently, more than six percent of DGIN's stock is sold short, and it would take nearly five days to buy back these bearish bets at the security's average daily trading volume. Furthermore, the stock's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 0.83 ranks above all those taken during the past year. DGIN could see additional upside, should these pessimists decide to stampede for the exits.

12:25 PM Children's Place Declines Despite Solid Sales Figures

Shares of Children's Place Retail Stores (NASDAQ:PLCE) are suffering today after the company reported that November same-store sales rose 12 percent compared to expectations for a gain of 9.7 percent. Total sales rose 20 percent to $199.4 million. However, expectations among investors was apparently higher than those of Wall Street analysts. Heading into today's report, the stock's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) rested at 0.58 in the 21st percentile, indicating a decidedly bullish slant from the speculative crowd. There is some support for PLCE, however, as the shares are pulling back to long-term support at their rising 80-day moving average. PLCE has not closed a session below this trendline since mid-September.

11:38 AM Wal-Mart Drops

After opening at 46.5 this morning, Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) has dropped almost 1.7 percent in the first hour of trading. Not a huge surprise to most analysts, this news shows the box store behemoth's shares continuing motion under the 10- and 20-day trendlines. WMT officials and shareholders alike would certainly like to see the stock rally or at least keep to a close above 46. The stock has not seen the underside of that number at the end of a day since September 7. The store confirmed this morning that November sales fell .01 percent, but assured that the company's same-store December sales would be flat to one percent higher. While sales have been disappointing in the apparel and home decor departments, sales on WMT's relatively low-priced electronics seem to be providing the buoy needed to weather the holiday season.

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