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.
ADP's private sector jobs report shows an increase of 187,000 in January, while economists expect to see about 145,000 private sector jobs when the government's employment report is released Friday.
With the Middle East in the background, financial markets are turning their attention to Friday's jobs report and other U.S. economic data slated for this week.
If Friday's jobs report is especially weak, the government will probably blame the weather.
Tuesday's "million" person march in Egypt could keep the heat on oil prices, which have gushed nearly 8 percent in two sessions.
The U.S. dollar is finding a firmer footing in a flight-to-safety play and may do so as long as Egypt remains in turmoil. The path after that, however, is less clear.
Unrest in Egypt has replaced Europe's debt crisis as a flash point for markets, and any unfolding developments there will no doubt affect trading in the week ahead.
Small caps and momentum stocks may have been flashing warning signs about a broader market pull back.
Friday's data is expected to show that economic growth accelerated in the fourth quarter and that consumer sentiment is improving.
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