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Week in Preview: Earnings, March Jobs Report

The quarter winds down this week and reports due out include Apollo Group, Carmax and Krispy Kreme. But analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters have high hopes for results from fertilizer and animal feed maker Mosaic, apparel maker Phillips Van Heusen and discount retailer Family Dollar.

Can the Fed Keep Downplaying Inflation?

When a Federal Reserve committee meets Tuesday to consider the federal interest rate, it will likely revise its glum outlook into something brighter. But will it also acknowledge the U.S.'s growing inflation problem?

The Scariest Part of Soaring Oil Prices: Investors' Fears

Friday's market sell-off may have been more about paranoia than about real risk. Some JPMorgan calculations indicate that the potential impact of rising oil prices on the economy may be less than most investors think. But the fear factor itself also can't be overlooked.

Week in Preview: Employment, Bernanke & More Retail Earnings

This week we turn the calendar page, and that change brings with it a raft of economic data. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will deliver his semiannual monetary policy testimony before Congress, while Wall Street waits on more earnings reports.

Week in Preview: Jobs, UPS Earnings and More

Will the stubbornly high unemployment rate fall at all? We'll find out whether when the January employment reports come out this week. Also worth watching for are a host of earnings reports, led by economic bellwhether UPS. The package deliverer is expected to post strong results.

Week in Preview: First Earnings Reports and Economic Readings

Alcoa, Intel and JPMorgan Chase will kick off a new earnings season this week when they report their results for the fourth quarter of 2010. Here's a quick look at what analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect to see, followed by a glance at what's coming up on the economic calendar.

Week in Preview: 2010's Final Economic Data Reports

Even as the year winds to a close this week, a handful of economic releases are on the schedule. Starting on Monday, the Chicago Fed releases its Midwest Manufacturing Index for November. Then we'll see consumer confidence, jobless claims and more.

Week in Preview: Here Come Retail Earnings

The first of the major retailers will report quarterly earnings this week. Analysts expect to see strong results from Macy's and JCPenney, but flat earnings from Kohl's. Agilent Technologies is anticipated to be one of this week's biggest earnings gainers.

Week in Preview: The Earnings Crunch Rolls On

Dozens of companies report earnings this week, and analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters are anticipating lots of strong quarterly reports. Among those re ConocoPhillips, Microsoft and Visa. Likely to post losses are Eastman Kodak, Office Depot and Sprint Nextel.

U.S. Industrial Production Slipped 0.2% in September

It's the first decline since June 2009. Still, despite the dip, the nation's industrial sector remains in an uptrend, and a weaker dollar may further boost international sales of key U.S. companies in the months ahead.

Week Ahead: Housing Data, Fed Meeting, Earnings

Housing data is in the financial spotlight this week, including housing starts and new and existing home sales in August. Also, homebuilder Lennar is expected to report a profitable third quarter.

Services Sector Growth Slowed in August

U.S. services sector growth slowed in August and although the sector is still expanding, it will have to return to faster growth in order to help create the large number of jobs the U.S. economy needs to lower the unemployment rate to an acceptable level.

Preview: A New Earnings Season Kicks Off

Second-quarter earnings reports start coming in this week when Alcoa releases its latest results on Monday. This week's other anticipated quarterly reports include those from industry bellwethers Intel, Google and JPMorgan Chase.