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Earnings, jobs, central bankers will drive stocks in week ahead

Stocks enter the coming week on a steadier footing, with lots of economic data and earnings that could help determine whether the economy is slowing or not.

Friday's January jobs report is the highlight of the economic calendar, which also includes personal income and spending, as well as ISM manufacturing data on Monday. Auto sales are reported Tuesday, and ISM nonmanufacturing data are Wednesday. About a fifth of the S&P 500 companies report earnings, including big oil like Exxon Mobil and BP; pharma giants, Merck and Pfizer; and Alphabet (Google).

Stocks were higher in the past week, the second in a row, as oil also steadied and West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 4.4 percent. The was up 1.7 percent at 1,940, while the Dow climbed 2.3 percent to 16,466. Both were down more than 5 percent for the month, their worst January performance since 2009.