The debt ceiling deadlock is finally starting to rattle investors.
During the first six days of the government shutdown, investors had a relatively blasé attitude toward the drama in Washington. But as a critical Oct. 17 deadline approaches, stocks continue to fall.
Congress waiting for a sell-off? Several analysts say that a sharp sell-off in stocks could be the one thing that pushes Congress to act swiftly.
So far, stocks have been holding up pretty well..
"A resilient stock market and a cloudy economic picture increase the risk of an extended shutdown in our view," Bank of America analysts wrote in a report over the weekend.
The government shutdown is in day 7, and lawmakers appear no closer to resolving the impasse.
Sounding the alarm on the debt ceiling: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Sunday that Congress was "playing with fire," with the possibility of a U.S. default only a little over a week away.
Deutsche Bank analyst David Bianco thinks the lack of a debt resolution will drag on the S&P 500 this week, but says there's little chance that the U.S. will default.
However, if it does, Bianco says the S&P 500 could sink 45%.
That echoes the sentiment of ETX Capital market strategist Ishaq Siddiqi, who said the debt ceiling debacle could lead to a "subsequent meltdown of global asset prices."
Last week, Bank of America analysts said the government shutdown wouldn't impact fourth-quarter GDP growth. But over the weekend, they changed their tune and lowered growth estimates for the fourth quarter to a 2% annual rate from 2.5%.
Earnings kick off this week: The first corporate results for the third quarter come out Tuesday, when aluminum maker Alcoa ( reports after the market close. )
Two of the biggest banks -- Dow component JPMorgan Chase (and )Wells Fargo ( -- report Friday morning. Bank stocks, including JPMorgan, )Bank of America (, )Citigroup (, and )Goldman Sachs (, dropped nearly 2%. )
Analysts fear that weak third-quarter earnings could also weigh on stock prices.
What's moving: Shares of Apple ( rose after the iPhone maker was upgraded by Jefferies analyst Peter Misek. )
Still with Apple down nearly 30% from its all-time highs hit in 2012, many investors are still skeptical. "$AAPL "It's Tough to Get Past the Idea That Tim Cook Has 'No Clue'" http://stks.co/blUN," wrote ValTheGal.
Shares of BlackBerry (gained nearly 4% on talk that new buyers are emerging for the troubled smartphone maker. )
The buyers, according to reports, could consider buying Blackberry in parts. That's giving investors at least some hope that a deal may actually get done.
But some traders noted that looking at BlackBerry is a far cry from buying it.
"$BBRY Any Large corp looking for growth, will analyse the potential of any company, specially those with Billions in revenues," wrote i7up2001.