The Week Ahead: Brace Yourself for the Deluge

Despite Friday's move higher, all of the major stock market indices closed last week not only in the red, but they lost more than 2% across the board. The combination of tepid economic data and questionable earnings led to the pullback, marking one of the worst weeks for Mr. Stock Market so far this year. 

The ante will be upped this week as corporate earnings goes from a swell to a full-out deluge. More than 1,100 companies are set to report their quarterly numbers over the next five days, and more than 750 webcasts are scheduled. That's daunting for even the best investor, whether individual or institutional, and it will be quite the challenge to put all of these results and corresponding data points into context soon after they hit the tape. ...966 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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