After all, it is nearly impossible to find a positive analyst on natural gas or oil.
There is no period in history where job growth slowed to a crawl and the economy didn't fall into recession.
Almost 200 companies are slated to report quarterly results, including 43 S&P 500 constituents.
Surprises in the political arena and in corporate profitability are my most important deviations from the consensus.
A crucial question going forward is what will trend employment growth be?
The Committee members seem to be cautiously optimistic, and this fits well with their decision to keep rates on hold.
What we have learned is that the holiday season outweighed the last weekly options expiration event of the decade for most investors/trader types. More of the same this week?
Some signs show Japan and Europe are hitting bumps as the year winds down.
This week brings key results from Micron, Nike and FedEx, among others.
The United States will automatically raise trade duties on close to US$160 billion in Chinese goods on Sunday, unless it issues a formal reprieve. Could we be in for a nasty surprise?