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Wall Street's Week Ahead: Earnings, Housing and the China Question

This week will bring answers to questions that have hung over the market for months: Will slower growth in China put a dent in U.S. companies' income? Will new housing numbers come in strong enough to keep homebuilders flying high? How much did Superstorm Sandy cost insurers? Here's what to watch.

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.

Import Addict: China's Pending Energy Crisis

And you thought we were dependent on foreign oil. China's nearly double-digit growth has become the envy of the world's mature economies, but all that expansion requires fuel. As a result, China is now a net importer not only of oil, but of coal as well. And the trends in Chinese energy consumption don't appear to be turning around anytime soon.

China Now World's No. 2 Economy, Shares Surge

Investors piled into Chinese stocks after news broke that China's GDP surpassed Japan's for 2010, making the People's Republic the world's second largest economy after the U.S. The Shanghai Composite climbed 2.5% and in Hong Kong the Hang Seng gained 1.3%. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index advanced 1.1%.