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Buckle up: Here come the economic data

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Earnings and economic data could corral Wall Street's record-setting bull run, but stock strategists agree the market trend for now is higher.

The week ahead is jam-packed with earnings and economic news, the most important of which is the delayed September jobs report, now to be released Tuesday. Other data on import and export prices, held back by the government shutdown, will be released Wednesday. Then there's the earnings gusher, with McDonald's, Microsoft, Amazon.com, Boeing and Caterpillar among the more than 140 S&P 500 companies reporting.

Economic data will be key in the next several weeks, as economists weigh the impact of the 16-day government shutdown on the consumer, business confidence, and economic growth.