The Week Ahead: Sitting on Pins and Needles

It's been quite a week: Stocks snapped a three-week winning streak as the market was weighed under concerns over a potential U.S. government shutdown. In full, stocks as measured by the S&P 500 fell just over 1% for the week. With that, September and the third quarter are tracking to achieve gains of 3.6% and 5.3%, respectively.

While the potential government showdown led conversation in the back half of the week, there were ample amounts of other news. For instance, Fairfax Financial has agreed to take BlackBerry (BBRY) private, and Amazon (AMZN) is launching new tablets and e-readers. In addition, Applied Materials (AMAT) announced an acquisition-merger with Tokyo Electron, J.C. Penney (JCP) issued shares as a potential lifeline and Nike (NKE) blasted past earnings expectations....456 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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