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.
Now that the March jobs report is out of the way, investors will be looking for the next points of focus and a big one will be the consumer—and the Fed.
Bonds, futures and foreign-exchange markets will all be open for abbreviated sessions on Friday, so investors will still be able to trade on the report when it's released at 8:30 am ET.
March car sales could provide a pleasant surprise Thursday for a market that's all geared up about Friday's jobs report.
The ADP number, expected to show an increase of 40,000 jobs, is viewed as an early read on the government's monthly employment report, but it does not always correlate. This month, however, the government number will include thousands of temporary census workers that would not be included in the ADP report.
Home price data and consumer confidence are two pieces of the economic puzzle expected Tuesday morning, as investors keep a wary eye on rising rates.
Companies are increasingly sharing their record cash hoard with investors, and that trend should accelerate with a new wave of increased dividends and buybacks this quarter, according to a report from an investment bank.
It's all about jobs and rising interest rates in the week ahead—and the two are not unrelated. The March employment report next week is expected to show the first real signs of job growth since the recovery began.
Market focus has spun back to Greece and EU politics, and developments there could be a driver for U.S. markets Friday.
The bond bears could be back Thursday as the U.S. government auctions billions more in debt, even as markets keep a cautious eye on Bernanke's testimony before the House Financial Services committee.
Treasury yields are rising in one of the biggest moves of the year, under the weight of the U.S. government's hefty borrowing. Traders all say the more than trillion dollars in new issuance this year alone is a big factor, and the costly expectations of the freshly signed health-care reform bill has not been lost on the marketplace.
Wednesday's rally will need to continue before many analysts find more confidence the market is firmly on its way upward.
Check out the companies making headlines after the bell Wednesday: Planet Fitness, Five Below & more.
Beige Book report was filled with commentary that is mostly positive on the US economy.
Names on the move ahead of the open.
Patti Domm is CNBC Executive Editor, News, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
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