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Take your pick: There's a lot that could spin markets in week ahead

Earnings season of opportunity?

Corporate earnings, economic reports and Fed speakers could all challenge markets this week, but traders will be on guard for the latest catalyst — the potential bombshells coming from the presidential election.

Earnings are expected from about 80 S&P companies, including Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, McDonald's and American Express. According to Thomson Reuters, earnings for the S&P 500 companies are expected to be nearly flat for the third quarter — down just 0.4 percent after a year of negative earnings reports.

Data in the coming week includes industrial production Monday, the Fed's beige book Wednesday, but most importantly CPI consumer inflation data Tuesday, after producer prices perked up more than expected in September.