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 may have a hard time finding traction ahead of the Fed's Tuesday meeting, but the trend for the market is clearly higher, strategists say.
Markets will hinge Friday on two key pieces of data tied to the consumer - retail sales for February and the University of Michigan consumer sentiment report.
Financial shares have been on a tear this week, especially the companies that were hit hardest during the financial crisis, leading analysts to believe stocks may be setting up for a spring fling.
One year after hitting bottom, an indecisive stock market drifts higher and could keep moving in that direction.
Stocks are nearly 70 percent higher than when they hit their trough this time last year, and the street is as divided as ever about whether the rally will endure.
February chain stores' sales and weekly jobless claims data, due ahead of the opening bell on Thursday, will likely feel the chill from winter storms.
US stocks seem to have sidestepped signs the economic recovery may be sputtering and experts say this trend will likely continue.
U.S. jobs data and developments in the Greek financial crisis could be important catalysts for stocks in the week ahead.
Patti Domm is CNBC Executive Editor, News, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
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