The Week Ahead
After ending the week on S&P downgrades on the euro zone, market watchers will continue to watch developments in that area including Greece's efforts to restructure its government debt. For market participants in the U.S., it will be a shortened week with the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday.
When the markets open on Tuesday, it will be a very busy week with earnings reports dominated by financial companies. On Thursday, look for news from weekly jobless claims.
Over in Asia, Chinese economic data will be the focus this week as investors will wait to see whether numbers support further monetary easing measures from Beijing. This past week, China released consumer inflation figures, which showed a slight easing to 4.1 percent in December, year over year. On Tuesday, the market will see another piece of the puzzle as China reports its fourth-quarter economic growth as well as retail sales and industrial output.
Mining companies will take over the headlines with their fourth quarter earnings reports. On Tuesday, Rio Tinto Ltd. will release its numbers, followed by BHP Billiton Ltd. on Wednesday.
On Friday, HSBC will release initial results from the January survey of manufacturers (China Purchasing Manufacturing Index).
Back in the U.S., it's all about earning reports.
Monday: Spain sells T-bills
Tuesday: EarningsEmpire State Manufacturing Survey for January
Wednesday: Portugal sells bills, December PPI, November TIC Data, Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization for December and NAHB Housing Market Index for January
Thursday: France sells bonds and notes, Spain sells bonds, weekly jobless claims, December housing starts, December CPI and January Philly Fed Index
Friday: Existing Home Sales for December
Thursday: Johnson Controls, Union Pacific, BB&T, BlackRock , Freeport-McMoRan, Huntingon Bancshares, Southwest Airlines , PPG Industries, UnitedHealth Group, Microsoft, Intuitive Surgical, Intel, IBM, Google, American Express, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Rockwell Collins, Peopleís United Financial, and Capital One
Friday: Schlumberger, Comerica, First Horizon National, General Electric, Parker Hannifin, SunTrust Banks, and Fifth Third Bancorp"
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