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.
Investors are shifting focus to Goldman Sachs' potential for huge profits in its Tuesday morning report, which will likely overshadow the government's civil fraud case against the Wall Street firm.
Uncertainty surrounding Goldman Sachs will likely overshadow the positive news from dozens of major corporate earnings reports in the week ahead. Some analysts say the Goldman spacer fraud charges could be the event that will trigger a much anticipated stock market correction.
General Electric and Bank of America are the heavy hitters among Friday's earnings reports, but Google's stellar earnings which failed to impress investors could be a drag on markets.
The early news out of the corporate earnings season is that some companies see enough improvement in the economy to begin hiring again. It's a trickle, but it's a start and it's across a variety of industries, including such companies as Intel, JPMorgan Chase and CSX.
Intel's first quarter earnings blew away even the most optimistic forecasts, and it's now J.P. Morgan Chase's turn to deliver.
"It has been a factor for sure," says Michael Holland. "Whenever they report, they always have the possibility of being a market mover for the short term."
Now that the European Union has crafted a plan to rescue Greece, the focus shifts to corporate earnings, with Intel due to report after the bell on Tuesday.
Corporate America should begin to see its first quarter of double-digit revenue growth in nearly two years, as earnings season gets underway in the week ahead.
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.
Check out the companies making headlines after the bell Monday: Netapp, PVH, Old Dominion Freight & more.
Even beyond talk of a "June swoon," an unusual number of major events makes this month a critical time for markets.
XFin conference kicks off
The argument for including mainland China in MSCI's Emerging Markets Index is a fairly simple one: It is underweighted in global indices.
Patti Domm is CNBC Executive Editor, News, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
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