Stocks up after GMAC lifeline, retail sales dip (AP)

The building that houses the office of Access International Advisors, co-founded by Thierry de la Villehuchet of France, on Madison Avenue in New York. US authorities have been investigating the apparent suicide Villehuchet, who lost more than a billion dollars in Wall Street titan Bernard Madoff's alleged pyramid scheme, as the widening scandal took a tragic turn.(AFP/File/Stan Honda)AP – Wall Street put together a moderate advance in light post-Christmas trading Friday after the government threw a lifeline to General Motors’ financing arm, but gains were limited by dreary holiday shopping readings that dimmed the chance of a big year-end rally.

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