The quarter winds down this week with earnings reports from a handful of companies including Lennar, Family Dollar and Krispy Kreme. And on Friday, investors will zero in on the March unemployment report, which could have the potential to move the market.
The new year's first week will be busy. Due out on Friday is December's umemployment rate, and the consensus is for it to drop to 9.7%. However, few expect real improvement until well into 2011. Also on tap: weekly and monthly chain-store sales, FOMC minutes, ISM services report and more.
Retailers posted mixed results for June same-store sales, with some big surprises -- Abercrombie & Fitch -- and some major disappointments -- Target. Take a look at the bull and bear arguments for some retail stock picks.
Markets in the U.S. are closed Monday giving them a welcome respite from recent jitters. But some economic figures will be released and earnings season fast approaches.