The Week Ahead: All Eyes on Washington

Another trading week has come and gone. We're heading into the storm that is corporate earnings season and, as I write this, the government shutdown is still in place. While some furloughs have been lifted and it's looking as if some national parks could reopen, we're hearing other stories of the shutdown's impact. For instance, orders have ground to a halt because the shuttered U.S. Export-Import Bank isn't providing financing; there's a lack of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors; and of course we're seeing a drop in reported economic data. That's not to mention the havoc the shutdown has wreaked on weddings, vacations and the like.

Late last week, the stock market soared on hopes that a deal would soon materialize to end the shutdown and at least temporarily address the country's debt ceiling. Over the weekend, however, the House and White House reached an impasse, and that resulted in new discussions in the Senate. Following a meeting with Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the 12th day of the shutdown, Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) remarked the talks "should be seen a very positive," but that the two sides still have a long way to go. That suggests the shutdown would span at least two weeks, if not more....710 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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