If it happens, look to these companies to keep your portfolio alive.
AutoZone, Red Hat and Lennar report earnings. Apple sells its 2 new iPhones, and consumer confidence numbers for September are released.
The industry overall has been speeding along in 2013.
Don't be surprised to see a sell-off, even after a better-than-expected earnings performance.
Investors await the Fed chief's Congressional testimony about the economy and monetary policy.
The auto parts giant beats Wall Street expectations, while continuing to expand its stores in the U.S. and Mexico.
As the stock market reaches new highs, Goldman Sachs sees more gains ahead. Fueling the market: An improving economy, growing dividends and low interest rates.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
The IRS is struggling to combat identify thieves who file fraudulent tax returns in the names of older residents who don't need to file.