Santa came early for Wall Street this year by giving the S&P 500 a 22 percent gain for 2009, and with just eight trading days left in the year, stock investors are not expecting to find much more under the tree.

 

The Grinch showed up early, too, with a heavy winter snowstorm on the East Coast forcing some stores and malls to close on “Super Saturday” — the last holiday shopping weekend before Christmas.

 

Investors will be anxious to find out if consumers stepped up their online shopping to get all those stockings filled before Christmas morning, which falls on Friday this year.

Financial markets will be closed on Friday for Christmas Day.