President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin is the main event in the week ahead. But for the stock market, what companies say about their earnings and whether Trump's trade policies are affecting their future plans may have the most impact.
Trump meets Putin on Monday in Helsinki, and the president says the Middle East, Ukraine and election meddling are among topics he will discuss.
There will also be important testimony in the coming week from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, who appears Tuesday and Wednesday before congressional panels on the economy and monetary policy. Several important economic reports are also expected, including retail sales Monday and the Fed beige book on the economy Wednesday.
"It's going to be an interesting week for sure, but a good portion of the attention in the market is going to be on earnings," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at B. Riley FBR. "The messaging from Powell is always consistent. ...They've been consistent in that they want to normalize rates. I don't think we get any surprises from Powell."