The top homebuilder's results will give investors a glimpse into the health of the housing sector.
Consider building long-term positions in these stocks and ETFs to play an improving housing market.
The week ahead starts with Apple's plans on what to do with its cash. It features earnings from Oracle, Nike, Lululemon, FedEx, Tiffany and General Mills. A host of housing reports may give stocks a push. Watch interest rates and oil prices.
Builders have been showing technical strength, and companies from related industries are rebounding from prior lows.
Home-improvement stocks already look strong, and continued weakness in home sales can only make them stronger.
But the Dow can't top 13,000 for the day as an early rally fades, despite cheer about new-home sales and rising consumer confidence. AIG and Salesforce.com shares rise; Crocs tumbles on weak forecast. Crude oil nears $110; gasoline hits $3.65.
A rise in the retailer's earnings lifts many boats.
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