Stock Market Look Ahead

9:18am: Stock market optimists have a strong case. But so do the naysayers. Here are the important things to consider when looking at the market right now. More
Aug 10: It's been nearly 3 years since Wall Street's last big sell-off. There's concern the next market downturn could be severe. More
Aug 2: Investors are twitchy. Will stocks keep falling? Also on tap: Earnings from Fox, Time Warner and other media giants. More
Jul 27: Is the economy back on track after a weak first quarter or about to get blown away? Investors will find out when the curtain is drawn on jobs and GDP data. There's also a Federal Reserve meeting. More
Jul 20: Many big restaurant chains and food companies have announced price hikes recently as wholesale prices for many basic ingredients have soared. More
Jul 13: Reports from powerful names in the banking and tech worlds could help stocks bounce back from last week's tumble. More
Jul 6: The party isn't over for U.S. stocks, even after the Dow soared above 17,000. More
Jun 29: It's 4th of July week, and that means it's time for a look at what's hot and what's not at the mid-year point. More
Jun 22: Less than six months after it rose above 16,000 for the first time, the Dow is close to crossing another milestone. More
Jun 15: Summer is usually slow in the stock market, but there's plenty to watch with Iraq tensions and a big Federal Reserve meeting. More
Jun 8: There's an eerie calm in the markets. Volatility is back at the low levels not seen since before the financial crisis. More
May 31: Stocks seem to be smashing records almost daily. But when you adjust for inflation, the S&P 500 is nearly 10% below its 'real' all-time high. More
May 25: May is set to end well for stocks. The Nasdaq is shrugging off its losses from March and April. More
May 17: Target will report earnings for the first time since its CEO stepped down earlier this month. It will be a busy week for retail. More
May 11: Did the winter weather really keep consumers huddled inside? We'll find out this week when major retailers lie Wal-Mart and J.C. Penney report earnings. More
May 4: Will the Dow or S&P 500 hit another record this week? It might depend on what Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen says to Congress. More
Apr 27: Prepare for a busy business news week as investors weigh key economic data, more corporate earnings and the Ukraine crisis. More
Apr 20: Welcome to a very important week for corporate earnings including Netflix and Facebook. More
Apr 13: Before the Easter bunny, investors await key corporate earnings. Good news could turn markets around. More
Apr 6: After more than a year of earnings growth, investors are bracing for an ugly quarter. Cold weather and a strong dollar likely dragged profits down in the first three months of the year. More
Mar 30: With the nasty winter weather (hopefully) behind us, investors are looking for strong economic data to bring markets out of their recent funk. More
Mar 23: Investors have been gobbling up IPOs this year. This week, Candy Crush Saga maker King Digital Entertainment will go public, along with 13 other companies. More
Mar 16: Investors will be closely watching developments in Ukraine early next week as the standoff between Russia and the West could intensify. They'll then turn to the Fed. More
Mar 9: It's been five years since the market bottomed. Since then, Netflix Apple and Starbucks have soared. But HP, Best Buy and Staples? Not so much. More
Mar 2: Stocks have recovered from the early slump this year. But Friday's jobs report could set the tone for how the market does for the rest of March. More
Feb 23: Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen will testify in front of the Senate on Thursday. Stocks surged following her House appearance. Investors will also be watching earnings from retailers. More
Feb 16: Stocks are making a comeback in February. Will the rally continue? Investors will get a new batch of earnings from Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola and HP this week. Fed minutes are also on deck. More
Feb 9: New Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen will testify in Congress this week and investors are looking for hints on how the central bank might respond to the recent spate of mixed economic news. More
Feb 2: Thank goodness January is over. Stocks had an awful month. But will February bring better news for the market? On tap this week: the jobs report, more emerging market worries and tech earnings. More
Jan 26: The markets had a rough couple of days. With earnings on tap from Apple and Google, Bernanke's last Fed meeting and a GDP report, can stocks bounce back this week? More
Jan 19: The market is off to a rocky start in 2014. Investors are hoping for good earnings from several major U.S. companies this week, including five Dow components, Netflix, Starbucks and Delta. More
Dec 29: Wall Street is preparing to close the books on 2013, one of the best years for stocks in 17 years. More
Dec 15: The Federal Reserve meets this week and investors are eager to hear if the central bank is ready to wind down, or taper, its bond buying program. More
Dec 8: Investors cheered a strong November jobs report. But with little economic news to set the tone next week, will the market drift higher or lower? More
Dec 1: After closing out a strong November, investors are hopeful this year's big rally will continue in December. The all-important monthly jobs report comes out Friday. Retailers will reveal Black Friday sales. More
Nov 24: Investors are unlikely to make any big bets during the holiday-shortened week. But with just a small move up, the Nasdaq could top 4,000. Retailers will be in focus as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season. More
Nov 17: The major indexes are all near milestones. In the week ahead, the Fed will remain in focus and a slew of retailers are set to report earnings and provide forecasts for the holiday shopping season. More
Nov 10: There are concerns the strong year for stocks won't last. More
Nov 3: Stocks are poised for yet more gains in November after a strong October in a strong year. More
Oct 27: The Federal Reserve probably won't cut back on its bond buying program this week. Investors also will be scrutinizing earnings from Apple and Facebook. More
Oct 20: There's nothing to hold U.S. markets back from continuing their upward and record-setting trend. More
Oct 13: A solution from Washington just can't come fast enough for the markets. More
Oct 6: Investors will have their eyes trained on Washington this week to see whether Congress will reopen the U.S. government and avoid default by raising the federal debt ceiling. More
Sep 29: When markets open Monday, it's entirely possible the U.S. government won't be open the next day. More
Sep 22: Investors have a while list of unanswered questions weighing on them, but a smattering of economic reports this week could give some answers. More
Sep 15: The stock markets expect the Federal Reserve on Wednesday to clarify when it will start scaling back on its massive stimulus programs that have fueled the economy and juiced financial markets since the financial crisis five years ago. More
Sep 8: All eyes will continue to be on Washington this week, as investors wait to see if lawmakers take action against Syria. More
Sep 1: As investors head into the first week in September, all eyes will be on jobs and the escalating conflict in Syria. More
Aug 25: Investors will have several pieces of economic data to chew on in the usually-quiet final week in August. More
Aug 18: Investors will be looking toward the Federal Reserve, corporate earnings and housing data after two consecutive weeks in the red. More
Aug 11: Investors are hoping that a fresh batch of economic data will breathe life back into markets this week. More
Aug 4: It will be a quiet first week of August, but investors will be looking to several economic and corporate earnings report to keep momentum in markets. More
Jul 28: The state of the job market will be front and center this week, but a smattering of other U.S. economic data and corporate earnings will also be in play. More
Jul 21: Corporate earnings from tech heavy hitters and other big companies will drive markets this week, as will data on the housing market. More
Jul 14: U.S. stocks hit new records last week, and investors will be looking toward a deluge of corporate earnings and economic reports to keep the momentum moving. More
Jul 7: Corporate earnings seasons opens Monday, and investors will be looking of any signs of economic improvement that could influence the Federal Reserve. More
Jun 30: Investors head into the third quarter and new month Monday hoping to forget the mess that June made for markets. More
Jun 23: Investors will be looking for a recovery this week, and they are hoping to get it from data on the housing market, the state of the consumer and a broader look at the U.S. economy. More
Jun 16: Investors will be closely watching the Fed's policy meeting and chairman Ben Bernanke's press conference on Wednesday. More
Jun 9: The week ahead will offer investors a closer look at the two conflicting sides of the U.S. economy, as told by optimistic consumers on one side and pessimistic industrial producers on the other. More
Jun 2: Investors are counting on several reports on the labor market to boost markets this week. More
May 26: It's a shortened trading week, but investors will get fresh U.S. economic data. More
May 19: Investors will look toward a slew of corporate news and events this week to keep the market rally rolling. More
May 12: After fresh records last week, investors will have slew of data on on the housing market, manufacturing sector and the consumer. More
May 5: This week, investors will have to digest economic reports on the U.S. consumer and manufacturing. More
Apr 28: Trading could be choppy in the week ahead as investors take in another batch of corporate earnings, hear from the Federal Reserve and face the April jobs report. More
Apr 21: Investor attention will turn to a deluge of corporate earnings due out throughout the week, including Apple and Netflix. More
Apr 14: Investors will look toward corporate earnings and economic data to keep the momentum in the market going. More
Apr 7: After markets pulled back last week, investors will be looking to see if several reports on the broader U.S. economy will redirect stocks back to their record-high streaks. More
Mar 31: Investors head into the second quarter with a focus on the employment picture and how consumers are feeling about the U.S. economy. More
Mar 24: Focus is on Cyprus in the final week of the fourth quarter, as investors wait to see how the situation in the tiny island nation is resolved. More
Mar 17: An emergency deal to bailout Cyprus, the tiny European country, could throw global investors in a disarray as terms include a tax on bank deposits. More
Mar 10: Investors head into the week looking to hold onto momentum in the market, as reports on manufacturing and consumer behavior are due out throughout the week. More
Mar 3: Investors will keep a close eye on the state of the U.S. economy, which has taken on a new sense of urgency after the massive federal spending cuts were triggered on Friday. More
Feb 24: A number of key economic reports are on tap this week, but much of the focus will be on the forced budget cuts that could kick in on Friday. More
Feb 17: Investors head into the shortened trading week where a fresh batch of data that will provide clues on how key sectors of the economy are performing. More
Feb 10: State of the Union, manufacturing, retail sales and earnings in play during week, as investors try to keep the momentum. More
Feb 3: A smattering of economic reports and corporate earnings will trickle out throughout the week, following a strong showing in the market last week. More
Jan 27: A big bundle of reports on the U.S. economy are due out this week, with reports on the nation's employment picture taking center stage. More
Jan 20: Investors head into the shortened trading week with a deluge technology-focused quarterly earnings reports on tap. More
Jan 13: Coming off a solid first two weeks of the year, investors head into a week chock full of corporate earnings and economic data. More
Jan 6: Investors will head into the second week of the year ready to move beyond fiscal cliff chatter into earnings season. More
Dec 29: The deadline to avert a looming fiscal crisis is fast approaching. Investors are hoping for the best, but bracing for the worst. More
Dec 23: With just one week left in the year, investors head into the shortened holiday trading week anxious over whether lawmakers will reach a deal in time to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. More
Dec 16: The lingering worries may negate a "Santa Claus rally." More
Dec 9: While several U.S. economic reports are on tap this week, concerns over the fiscal cliff will continue to be a drag on markets. More
Dec 2: U.S. stocks have been stuck at a standstill recently, but reports on the job market, manufacturing and consumer spending may jumpstart the market. More
Nov 25: As investors grow more confident in lawmakers' ability to reach a deal on the "fiscal cliff," attention will turn to reports on the U.S. economy. More
Nov 18: Investors are cautious, but hopeful of a fiscal cliff deal going into a holiday-shortened week. A new batch of housing data is expected to show signs of Sandy's impact. More
Nov 11: U.S. stock investors still have to worry about the fiscal cliff, but will have a new batch of manufacturing, consumer and corporate data to digest. More
Oct 28: With under two weeks until the hotly contested presidential elections, investors will pin their attention on jobs numbers, manufacturing data, housing market figures and corporate earnings. More
Oct 21: Stocks lookahead: Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook results. Also on tap are GDP and Federal Reserve meeting More
Oct 14: Investors have a lot to contend with this week, as U.S. economic data, earnings reports and the eurozone continue to draw attention. More
Oct 7: Investors are anxiously anticipating the kick-off to earnings' season, with Alcoa leading the way. More
Sep 30: With much economic data on tap this week, reports on the labor market take center stage. More
Sep 23: Readings on the U.S. economy will be front and center this week, as investors try to gauge whether central bank action will take hold. More
Sep 16: Investors will look toward the housing market this week, after the Federal Reserve announced it would buy $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities each month until conditions improve. More
Sep 9: Investors will be awaiting decisions out of the Federal Reserve and Europe this week, as they focus on the central bank's monthly meeting and a ruling from the German Constitutional Court. More
Sep 2: Stocks lookahead: The next week will feature potentially important developments in two of the global economy's most sensitive pressure points. And investors around the world will be watching both closely. More
Aug 26: Though volume is expected to remain light during the final week of summer, trading could get choppy as investors gear up for Ben Bernanke's closely watched annual speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo. More

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