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.
Anecdotal evidence that the U.S. consumer's marathon spending spree may be slowing to a trot increases daily. By some measures, the U.S. consumer makes up about 19 percent of the world economy and 70 percent of the U.S. economy, so the health of American consumption is key.
Important economic data will compete with Citigroup's much-anticipated earnings report ahead of Tuesday's opening bell. Retail sales data is being particularly watched to see if it is weak enough to prompt the Fed to cut rates even before its regular meeting at the end of the month.
The idea that financials are close to a turning point has been percolating for several weeks. But word that Citigroup could take a massive writedown when it releases earnings tomorrow has added fuel to the theory the group may be closing in on a bottom.
The betting is no longer on whether there's a half point rate cut coming, it's when, and how much more will follow. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was surprisingly blunt in much anticipated comments today. He made it clear the Fed will take action to stop economic decline and it will be aggressive.
When central bankers speak, markets listen. That's why we're all waiting for Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's comments on the economy at 1 p.m. today. But it looks like European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet beat him to the punch.
Consumer spending didn't slow down that much but apparently consumer bill paying has. Look at Capital One. The company is taking a $1.9 billion provision for loan losses in the fourth quarter and cut its full year profit forecast by more than 20 percent, blaming rising consumer loan losses and higher legal reserves.
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.
Sharon Epperson is CNBC's senior commodities and personal finance correspondent.
JeeYeon Park is a writer for CNBC.com. Follow her on Twitter: @JeeYeonParkCNBC
Rick Santelli joined CNBC Business News as an on-air editor in 1999, reporting live from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade.
Senior Producer at CNBC's Breaking News Desk.
Stocks rose to new highs as investors reacted to strong home-price gains and a jump in consumer confidence.
Not only has job growth been slow, but too many new jobs have paid poorly. That could change in the coming year.
Santa's sleigh delays; frothy tech values; more 'wisdom' from McDonald's. Here are the week's market winners and losers.