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.
Friday's markets have no economic indicators to consider, but Dell's disappointing after the bell earnings could spill into tech stocks.
The latest rush to gold is providing plenty of market buzz even on the quietest days.
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.
As the Fed meets and earnings news rains down, the big question in the week ahead is whether the S&P 500 can manage a break out.
March's disappointing durable goods report dimmed the prospect for a big second quarter bounce.
The S&P 500 is bucking against its all-time high, and JP Morgan technical analysts expect the rally to continue in the weeks ahead.
Names on the move ahead of the open.
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.
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