The Week Ahead: A Dash of Fed and a Heap of Earnings

Even though the summer heat has returned over the last few days, the holiday weekend is now essentially behind us -- and, with that, we're set to launch head first into earnings for the June quarter.

For those of you who were checked out during the back half of last week, we got an interesting June employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. I say "interesting" because, on the one hand, nonfarm payrolls of 195,000 was stronger than expected and the last few months' figures were revised higher. At the same time, the U6 employment rate rose to 14.3% from 13.8% in May, and the bulk of the June jobs growth was in leisure and hospitality category....654 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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