Stocks could keep up their slow march higher in the coming week as energy and the consumer remain top themes for the economy and markets.
There is an important stream of economic reports, including inflation reports, housing data and two key Fed surveys from the New York and Philadelphia regions. Inflation data and details from the Fed's last meeting are likely to get the most focus.
The consumer price index is expected to decline 0.1 percent when reported Thursday, as falling oil prices filter through the economic data. Already, retail sales for October saw a boost as consumers spent less on gasoline, but bought more other goods. Besides inflation data, there is housing starts Wednesday, home sales Thursday and the minutes from the last Fed meeting on Wednesday afternoon.