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 low volume nature of the nearly 8-month old market rally has been an ongoing concern, but now the absence of institutional players could be an issue.
Stocks could continue their uptrend on Tuesday, after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke showed little concern about the weakening dollar and signaled that low interest rates will stay.
The market will be challenged by plenty of economic news in the coming week, as investors look for signs the recovery is taking hold. But the market could trend higher as investors rotate into higher quality names.
The so-called 'risk trade', where the dollar moves lower while risk assets like stocks and commodities move higher, may be unwinding. Retail earnings season continues with JC Penny reporting.
Weekly jobless claims are a big item for markets Thursday, but the earnings of retailers could ring up some early signals about the holiday season. Wal-Mart, the largest U.S. retailer, reports third quarter earnings ahead of the opening bell, as does department store chain Kohl's.
It's been awhile since holiday shopping has been such a wild card for the economy. Wednesday kicks off the batch of major retail earnings, when Macy's reports ahead of the opening bell.
It's "risk on" in global markets, a trend traders say could help keep stocks heading higher for now.
Stocks could side step temporarily as investors look for the next catalyst that will break the market out of its current range
Cisco could put a glow into tech stocks Thursday, but traders say the stock market could again be choppy.
Stocks could chop around and rack up more losses in the week ahead, with the next wave of corporate earnings reports.
The reairing of TVB’s “The Greed of Man” may see a resurgence of the “Ting Hai effect” that causes a pullback in the Hang Seng.
Names on the move ahead of the open.
Friday's March consumer price index is important as it is one piece of data traders say could change assumptions on Fed policy.
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.