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.
Stocks are vulnerable to the dual tensions of a stronger dollar and rising Treasury yields. Tuesday marks the first of three Treasury auctions this week, with $35 billion in 3-year notes expected. There is also wholesale trade data and the NFIB small business survey.
There are signs the brutal pace of job losses is slowing, and the economy could even add some private sector jobs this year. Investors will learn a lot from the May employment report, due at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Already on Wednesday, investors were counting down to Friday's jobs report, and not much in between matters. Thursday's main events include weekly jobless claims, data on productivity and costs, and monthly chain store sales, which are expected to be weak and show the U.S. consumer remains reluctant to spend.
After a strong third quarter, economists are ratcheting up fourth-quarter growth forecasts but to a somewhat slower pace.
Year-end buying could push the Dow to 18,000, a psychological level that could give any Santa rally more steam.
OPEC talked down the oil market, sending crude sharply lower, while warm weather and growing supply hit nat gas prices.
As the Santa rally lifts stocks higher, Wall Street's expectations for 2015 gains have gotten slimmer.
Patti Domm is CNBC Executive Editor, News, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
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