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.
Uneven economic news is spooking stocks this October, but third quarter earnings could be one factor that helps keep the market's 7-month rally intact.
Wall Street's bears have the upper hand ahead of Friday's September jobs report, expected to show a decline in September of about 200,000 non-farm payrolls and an unemployment rate of 9.8 percent.
Wall Street will quickly shift its focus to corporate earnings news once the books are closed on the third quarter this week.
The challenge for markets Thursday will be whether weekly jobless claims and existing homes sales confirm the Fed's view that the economy and housing are getting better.
A widely-followed measure of the U.S. economy may show a bigger recovery is ahead.
May auto sales are expected to be robust when they are reported Tuesday, even as the consumer showed a so-so willingness to spend in April.
Names on the move ahead of the open.
Check out the companies making headlines after the bell Monday: Netapp, PVH, Old Dominion Freight & more.
Patti Domm is CNBC Executive Editor, News, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
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