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.
Thursday's markets will face JP Morgan earnings, producer inflation data, weekly jobless claims, and the current quarter's first economic headlines in the Philly Fed's report and the Empire state manufacturing survey. Europe's central bank decides on interest rates before the New York open, and Congress will vote on releasing TARP funds to aid the ailing banking sector.
While stocks drift higher, the action this week has been in bonds and commodities. Wednesday could see some of the same dynamic as traders watch for news on government stimulus plans and await the Friday jobs report. Meanwhile, the Fed has been revving up the mortgage market, pushing down rates as it buys up paper.
Markets could be buffeted more by expectations the Fed could move sooner on interest rates with next week's economic data.
The market is speculating June, but some economists still say it's September or later before the Fed starts hiking rates.
Names on the move ahead of the open.
Hiring was likely below recent trends and bad winter weather may have crimped some activity in construction and retail.
Patti Domm is CNBC Executive Editor, News, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
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