Global stock markets are forging ahead with the Dow Industrials claiming the 13,000 level but as February's sudden sell-off reminded investors, things can change in a hurry.
In this special report, CNBC World's Worldwide Exchange program teams up with CNBC.com for a global stocks outlook.
Christine Tan, Ross Westgate and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera take a look at what's likely to move the markets in their respective regions in the week ahead.
Asia’s two biggest markets -- China and Japan -- will be closed all week in observation of Labor Day and Golden Week holiday. Wednesday the Reserve Bank of Australia will make a decision on interest rates. Christine Tan has more on that and its impact on the Aussie dollar.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel leads the EU for a meeting with Pres. Bush on Monday. Europe is also gearing up for a big earnings week, as British American Tobacco, BMW and Shell report first-quarter numbers. Wednesday, Tony Blair celebrates ten years as Britain's Prime Minister. Ross Westgate will be watching the market’s reaction.
After the Dow’s record run this week, U.S. investors are counting on more strong earnings in the week ahead. Michelle Caruso-Cabrera has more on the companies reporting as well as the important economic indicators on the market calendar.