Stocks have been soaring since their bottom in March 2009. The gaps between index values and their 200-day moving averages are widening, perhaps to insupportable levels.
Important earnings are due from Best Buy, FedEx, General Mills, Oracle and Research In Motion. The Fed will weigh in on the economy's health in a week of big economic reports.
If history is a guide, stocks should have a decent day. But Korean tensions and financial woes in Europe may weigh on the markets. The week ahead will be important.
The market rebounds from early worries about inflation in China and European debt woes. Salesforce.com shares jump 18% after the company boosts its guidance.
The Dow sees a small gain. Amazon.com is weak; the 10-year Treasury tops 2.9%. Retail sales in October were stronger than expected. Caterpillar is buying Bucyrus for $7.6 billion.
The major averages end the day basically flat but sport decent gains for the month. Earnings misses from Chevron and Merck offset gains for Alcoa and Microsoft. GDP grows at an annualized 2%.
Stocks slump on news that Bank of America may be sued over bad mortgages. China's rate hike worries traders who've bet on the country's rapid economic growth. Gold and oil slump.
The big question: Will the rally continue? Watch for more deals. The Fed's Beige Book report will be closely studied. So will President Obama's stimulus proposals to boost the economy.
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