After that Wal-Mart email leaked, traders will be watching to see if the payroll-tax increase trips up the consumer. Plus, a trio of housing reports and Fed minutes.
Stocks finished modestly higher across the board Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 closing at their best levels since October 2007, lifted by optimism for more M&A deals and after positive economic data from Europe.
European shares rallied on Tuesday, with stronger than expected German sentiment data prompting investors to return to economically sensitive sectors like autos and technology.
In the last month or so, in an effort to stimulate growth, central bankers have begun a new round of creative experiments. This should lead to more market volatility and unexpected investment opportunities, particularly in currencies.
U.S. government debt prices fell on Tuesday as gains in the stock market reduced the appeal of safer but low-yielding bonds, but worries over the possible federal spending cuts and outcome of the upcoming Italian election limited bond losses.
Gold bounced back from a drubbing that sent the precious metal to a six-month low late last week, however, analysts say further upside is dependent on whether gold can hold on to a key support level over the next few days.
If we accept that the renmimbi is on its way, banks should set up an ability to trade and settle the currency itself, as well as handle bonds and equity denominated in it, writes Moorad Choudhry.
The long awaited recovery in Chinese stocks is here to stay, with the Shanghai Composite Index building on the surge seen late last year. Now analysts are expecting it to rally up to 30 percent in 2013.
Oil prices rose as traders grew bullish amid a rally in U.S. stock markets, even as U.S. pipeline bottlenecks and European economic concerns threatened to weigh on oil markets.
The European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi's concerns over the impact of a strong euro on a weak euro zone economy raise the prospect of monetary easing to dent the currency's appeal.
The robust Australian dollar could actually get a whole lot stronger over the next two years, rising to as high as $1.30, but this is subject to strong gains in Asian equity markets.
Gold reversed earlier gains on Tuesday, as physical buying from Asia that drove a recovery from six-month lows eventually gave way to selling.
The yen rose Tuesday as disagreement between Japanese officials raised doubts over how aggressively Japan will ease its monetary policy.
Asian bourses were mostly lower on Tuesday as markets struggled to gain momentum amid a fresh lack of market catalysts and caution in Japan as investors await the appointment of Japan's next central bank governor.
Gold slipped Monday but was off its six-month low, helped by buying from Asia, where Chinese participants returned to the market from a one-week holiday.
Brent crude rose slightly toward $118 a barrel on Monday, underpinned by expectations of improving global growth despite some weak U.S. data dampening prices at the end of last week.
The yen weakened across the board on Monday after Japan escaped direct criticism from its G-20 peers on its bold reflationary plans that have weakened the currency.
Investors who fled in fear over potentially massive tax increases associated with the "fiscal cliff" have barely broken a sweat over corresponding spending cuts.
Stocks recovered from their lows Friday to close narrowly mixed, but the S&P 500 managed to pull off its seventh-straight week higher.
With animal spirits on the rise, companies armed with cheap financing are fueling a new merger wave, but that's not likely to do much for markets.
European shares were flat on Friday as talks over the "fiscal cliff" stalled.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday for a third consecutive session, with resurging worries about the global economic outlook undermining investor sentiment.
Standard & Poor's decision to cut Spain's credit rating to one notch above junk status is weighing on markets.