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A week packed with economic data, retail earnings and plenty of Fedspeak could finally give the stock market something it desperately needs: Stability.
European equities ended slightly lower on Tuesday, as signs of resilience in U.S. retail sales was not enough to eclipse inflation fears that hit UK stocks, while banks fell on renewed concerns over asset writedowns.
Stocks declined Tuesday as investors juggled a mixed bag of news: Retail sales outside of the hard-hit auto sector showed suprising resilience, while a well-known analyst cut her outlook for big banks. Wal-Mart skidded after the discount giant posted decent results but issued a tepid outlook.
Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, said quarterly profit rose 7 percent, helped by bargain-hungry US consumers looking for discounts on necessities like food and pharmacy items.
Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, reported a 7 percent rise in quarterly profit on Tuesday as discounts drew U.S. shoppers looking for bargains on necessities like food and pharmacy items.
Whether consumers are willing to open their wallets is a big theme for Tuesday's markets. First, Wal-mart's quarterly earnings will be reported in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
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Stocks started the week off higher, led by financials and technology stocks. RIMM and MBIA rose, while HP declined.
Stocks started the week off higher as the dollar rose to a two-month high and oil receded. MBIA bounced despite reporting an astouding quarterly loss.
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Wall Street is increasingly worried that bubbling over oil prices will scald the economy and the stock market. That's just one concern for traders in the week ahead which also has inflation data, retail sales and housing numbers. There are also earnings reports, TV networks' upfronts for advertisers, and plenty of Fed, Fed, Fed.
Earnings season draws to a close next week with Wal-Mart and Hewlett-Packard the remaining Dow Components still left to report. Is there a last minute earnings trade here?
Earnings from McDermott, Wal-Mart, Deere and Hewlett-Packard should present some unique buying opportunities, Cramer says.
If energy and food prices continue to surge, consumers aren't going to be able to keep up, which would have a huge impact on the economy -- and stocks. Still, the market doesn't seem worried.
The relentless upward march of oil prices dominated the business headlines through the week, but there were other developments to inspire the traders, analysts, and fund managers who offered their suggestions to investors on CNBC.
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