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Thursday's economic reports should paint a fairly current picture of the state of manufacturing, housing, and the consumer, all key pillars of the economy.
Traders are looking straight past quarter end to the September jobs report at the end of the week.
Wall Street will quickly shift its focus to corporate earnings news once the books are closed on the third quarter this week.
October could bring some rock and roll back to the stock market. "It's been a good run so far, so we should expect some kind of turbulence," said J.P. Morgan chief equities strategist Thomas Lee.
The challenge for markets Thursday will be whether weekly jobless claims and existing homes sales confirm the Fed's view that the economy and housing are getting better.
Key events and data to look out for on Thursday.
With little else to sway it, the stock market should continue to trade quietly ahead of the Fed's Wednesday afternoon statement.
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Car dealership chain CarMax said Tuesday its fiscal second quarter profit surged on higher sales and a one-time gain related to its auto financing business.
Stock futures are up modestly this morning as the U.S. Dollar is giving up all of its gains from the past two days. The dollar/commodity play continues to hold as commodities are rising 1 percent to 2 percent in early trading, sending commodity stocks 2 percent to 3 percent higher pre-open.
The Fed's two-day meeting starts in Washington Tuesday, as President Obama and other world leaders gather in New York. Traders are watching both, as well as the meeting of G-20 leaders in Pittsburgh later in the week
Volume has been heavier in the last two days due to quadruple witching expiration. It's been an odd expiration: there's been volume, but not a lot of volatility from the indices. They have gone up, but not in any notable way.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway was doing more selling than buying of stocks during the second quarter, but there is one new holding: New Jersey-based medical technology company Becton Dickinson. Berkshire also added to its stake in Johnson & Johnson, although the holdings are still well below where they were before Buffett sold over 33 million shares last fall.
He has one stock in mind. The question, though, is whether or not it still works.
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Auto retailer CarMax said Friday its fiscal first-quarter profit fell 2.7 percent on a double-digit sales drop, a loss in its auto financing arm and charges related to loans, but still beat Wall Street expectations.
With no significant economic data and few earnings reports released today, futures are modestly higher on this quadruple witching Friday. While volume and volatility have continued to be seasonally light, traders expect a little pop at the open on the expiration day of stock and index futures and options.
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