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.
The central bank may hint Tuesday on how Friday's jobs report affects their view on interest rates. Watch this week's CPI report. Earnings are due from Urban Outfitters, Ross Stores and Winnebago.
A 157-point gain puts the Dow at pre-2008 crash levels after the economy adds 243,000 jobs in January, the most since April. The services economy also sees growth. Crude oil and interest rates rise; gold slips. Apple hits a new high.
The blue chips fall 74 after the government says fourth-quarter growth is 2.8%; Wall Street was expecting 3%. Facebook may file for its IPO next week. Ford, Chevron and Starbucks drop on earnings letdowns.
Prices leap on the central bank's decision to leave interest rates low.
The metal dips as US consumer prices level off, but some analysts see long-term strength if demand from Asia continues.
Oil moves higher as Iran threatens again to block the Strait of Hormuz. Sears shares fall 27% on news it will close 100 to 120 stores because of poor sales. Consumer confidence rises. Stocks are ending 2011 about flat.
The Dow rises 62 points; the S&P 500 nears break-even for 2011. The market is poised for a third weekly gain in the last four as new reports suggest the economy is firming. Wall Street loves an Akamai deal. Oil flirts with $100.
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