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.
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.
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
With the U.S. stock market in an extended funk, earnings offer at least a temporary escape route.
Bullish case made for oil's drop on fourth-quarter results.
Lower gas prices and better employment numbers could have been factors in better guidance from retailers.
The bond market seems to have heard a dovish undercurrent in the Fed minutes, while stock traders seem to think they got the Fed's message right.
Patti Domm is CNBC Executive Editor, News, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
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