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.
Soured by last week's U.S. employment report, investors are heading to the high ground in an effort to avoid fall out from Europe.
The weakening euro could continue to strong-arm markets in the week ahead, as investors worry about contagion from Europe's sovereign debt crisis and the potential for a bigger setback in the U.S. economic recovery.
Even if there is a blow away jobs number Friday, many economists expect the report will show fewer private sector jobs were created in May than in April.
Markets are already looking ahead to Friday's jobs report, and for that reason, even more weight than usual will be given to Thursday's weekly jobless claims and ADP's private sector jobs data.
Wall Street may finally shift its focus back to the U.S. economy, after weeks of zeroing in on problems in the euro zone. The big report of the week? Friday's May employment number, which could be a game-changer.
Stocks wind down what's shaping up to be the worst May since 1962 but could end the week on an upswing, if there's no fresh bad news from Europe.
The late day selloff in stocks Wednesday shows the euro is still the tail wagging the dog when it comes to markets this week. After trading higher most of the day, stocks turned south after the euro dipped below the $1.22 level in afternoon trading.
Traders fret the only thing that will halt the volatile selling in risk assets is a clear solution to Europe's sovereign debt crisis, and that seems elusive.
It wasn't just your stock portfolio that got banged up by Europe's sovereign debt crisis—the U.S. economy may also be a little bruised.
Stocks should continue to dance around all-time highs, as traders watch for catalysts in economic data and bond yields.
NYSE gets a facelift
The CBOE Volatility Index fell below 12 as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen began speaking.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen stuck to her script Friday, even though traders had hoped CPI data would force her to give a nod to improved data.
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