Jaded investors are starting to realize why IBM is often referred to as Big Blue. The tech giant posted mixed financial results after Tuesday's market close, missing Wall Street's revenue targets for the fifth consecutive quarter.
Here's some of what will shape the week ahead on Wall Street: BlackBerry-maker RIMM will make a sour report; homebuilder earnings will be up and down; University of Phoenix grades itself; and American Greetings gets a condolence card. Oh, and watch out for window dressing!
On Monday, the stock market will take the day off to shake the confetti out of its hair. But on Tuesday, it'll be back to business as usual on Wall Street. Here are some of the items that will shape the first trading week of 2012.