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Earnings pose the next hurdle for stocks

Earnings season could deliver the next round of bruises to a stock market that has been stalled since the start of the year.

About two dozen S&P 500 companies will report in the coming week, with JPMorgan and Wells Fargo kicking off the season Tuesday morning. Intel reports Thursday, and General Electric on Friday.

Also very important are the stream of economic reports—from retail sales Tuesday to industrial production Friday—that could shed light on whether the shockingly bad December jobs report Friday was a sign of economic weakness or an outlier.