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The Big Picture This Week: Earnings Season, Inflation

As the market breathes a sigh of relief on hopes that Europe isn't going to fall apart and the unemployment picture isn't getting worse, the focus shifts to China and earnings season. But earnings may be overshadowed if inflation data out of China is worse than expected, now that the country has the world's second largest economy.

This Week's Leaders and Laggards

After a wild third quarter, the market seems to have stabilized a bit this week, in spite of a late Friday drop. With little macro-data news, investors turned their focus to Europe's debt crisis and third-quarter earnings season. Company-specific news drove stocks; here's a closer look at some of the S&P 500's most notable movers.

A Look Ahead: This Week's Earnings Reports

Earnings season has officially kicked into high gear: 39 companies have reported so far, with the S&P reporting an earnings per share surprise of 6.8%. The best results include increases in financials, consumer discretionary, and materials. Here are some highlights.