Patti Domm is CNBC Markets Editor, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy. Prior to joining CNBC in 1999 as senior news editor, Domm was the equities editor for the Americas at Reuters. She was also Wall Street editor at Reuters, reporting on mergers, acquisitions and the Street. She also edited three CNBC books on personal investing. Domm serves on the board of the Financial Womens Association of New York.
Washington's budget debate could stir up new anxieties as markets head into March, even with expected reassurances about Fed policy from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke in the week ahead. Europe could also come back into play in the coming week, as currency traders are focused on the outcome of the Italian election.
Traders will be watching the track of the euro Friday, as they decide how defensive they should be going into the weekend. Thursday was a second day of "risk-off" selling with stock, commodities and the euro all heading lower.
Markets threw up enough technical red flags amid a wave of volatility Wednesday to have traders wondering if the first real sell off of 2013 has finally arrived.
Gold is flashing the "death cross" but the bearish chart pattern is not the only thing scaring investors.
At the end of the day, the doves rule the roost at the Fed, but expect to hear more hawkishness in Wednesday's release of the Fed meeting minutes.
After that Wal-Mart email leaked, traders will be watching to see if the payroll-tax increase trips up the consumer. Plus, a trio of housing reports and Fed minutes.
With animal spirits on the rise, companies armed with cheap financing are fueling a new merger wave, but that's not likely to do much for markets.
Patti Domm is CNBC Markets Editor, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
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