Patti Domm is CNBC executive news editor, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy. Prior to joining CNBC in 1999 as senior news editor, Domm was the equities editor for the Americas at Reuters. She was also Wall Street editor at Reuters, reporting on mergers, acquisitions and the Street. She also edited three CNBC books on personal investing. Domm serves on the board of the Financial Womens Association of New York.
March chain store sales reports are likely to be a pleasant surprise for markets, and they should also show that the American consumer has become a little more willing to spend.
Comments from the current and former Fed chairmen may spice up an otherwise quiet day for economic news on Wednesday. Debt will also in focus as the Treasury gears up for the sale of 10-year notes.
The 10-year Treasury yield has eclipsed the psychologically important 4 percent level, and so far the stock market is not freaking out.
Now that the March jobs report is out of the way, investors will be looking for the next points of focus and a big one will be the consumer—and the Fed.
Bonds, futures and foreign-exchange markets will all be open for abbreviated sessions on Friday, so investors will still be able to trade on the report when it's released at 8:30 am ET.
March car sales could provide a pleasant surprise Thursday for a market that's all geared up about Friday's jobs report.
The ADP number, expected to show an increase of 40,000 jobs, is viewed as an early read on the government's monthly employment report, but it does not always correlate. This month, however, the government number will include thousands of temporary census workers that would not be included in the ADP report.
Home price data and consumer confidence are two pieces of the economic puzzle expected Tuesday morning, as investors keep a wary eye on rising rates.
Companies are increasingly sharing their record cash hoard with investors, and that trend should accelerate with a new wave of increased dividends and buybacks this quarter, according to a report from an investment bank.
As the Fed meets and earnings news rains down, the big question in the week ahead is whether the S&P 500 can manage a break out.
March's disappointing durable goods report dimmed the prospect for a big second quarter bounce.
The S&P 500 is bucking against its all-time high, and JP Morgan technical analysts expect the rally to continue in the weeks ahead.
Names on the move ahead of the open.
Patti Domm is CNBC Executive Editor, News, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
A CNBC reporter since 1990, Bob Pisani covers Wall Street from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
Senior Producer at CNBC's Breaking News Desk.
Dominic Chu is a markets reporter for CNBC.