Patti Domm is CNBC Markets 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.
There's a lot at stake this earnings season, and the financial sector, the biggest stock market winner of the past year, will be put to the test Wednesday.
The attitude of fund managers toward the global economy and risk assets has improved in just the past several weeks, according to findings of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch survey.
The sting from higher taxes in your first 2013 paycheck is also going to sting the economy this year, particularly in the first quarter.
With stocks at a five-year high, bulls will be watching to see if they get encouraging reports from CEOs this earnings season -- or news that will bring out the bears.
Central bankers on both sides of the Atlantic could stir the markets Thursday. The European Central Bank and Bank of England both meet ahead of the U.S. open, but more interesting to them are the comments expected from two Fed hawks - Kansas City Fed President Esther George and St. Louis Fed President James Bullard.
The growing role of the U.S. as a major energy producer is changing the dynamic of the energy market. U.S. oil production continues to accelerate at a surprising rate, and the government now predicts the U.S. industry could pump 14 percent more oil this year alone.
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Top strategists have gotten more optimistic on stocks, just as the S&P 500 has pulled back slightly from records, according to CNBC's latest Market Strategist Survey.
CNBC's Dominic Chu discusses Wall Street's S&P 500 targets for 2017.
CNBC's Market Strategist Survey found that Wall Street expects the S&P 500 to rise slightly in 2017.