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.
Speculation about the Fed's next steps swirled through financial markets Tuesday and could continue to be a factor until the Fed meets next week.
Nearly five months after the May 6 Flash Crash, many individual investors see the stock market as rigged, and they have little confidence in regulators to fix it, according to a CNBC/AP poll.
Tuesday's retail sales and the NFIB small business survey could decide whether the September rally rolls on for another day.
Friday's jobs number is the next big hurdle for markets, and traders expect it to be pivotal to the Fed's next easing move, as well as a factor in whether the stock market can continue to rally.
Like a hurricane spinning off shore, many analysts and investors expect headwinds from economic data to rock the stock market in September.
Stocks could finish August on a cranky note before entering September - historically the worst performing month for stocks.
The final days of summer could bring more disappointing employment and manufacturing data, setting the stage for a choppy September.
Weekly jobless claims is the data du jour that could tilt the market either way on Thursday.
Dismal news on housing overwhelmed stocks Tuesday, and the markets now look to Wednesday's housing and durable goods reports with newly lowered expectations.
Thursday brings another wave of earnings, but markets will also be digging deep into GDP data for hints on the Fed.
Check out the companies making headlines after the bell Wednesday: Skechers, Whole Foods, LifeLock & more.
The Fed is on track to hike rates, and the tweaks to its post-meeting statement were vague enough to keep the debate going on when it will move.
The Federal Reserve upgraded its assessment of the U.S. economy.
Patti Domm is CNBC Executive Editor, News, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
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