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"...the coming week's market performance may well depend on how investors view the conditions in Spain and Italy. The big day will be Thursday, when Spain is to auction 2- and 10-year bonds. A bad auction -- producing a high yield or too little demand to sell the entire issue -- could slam markets around the world.
The auction will come as 11 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU -1.05%) and such heavyweights as Goldman Sachs (GS -4.40%), Morgan Stanley (MS -5.16%) Qualcomm (QCOM -2.43%) and Union Pacific (UNP -0.70%) will report earnings.
In addition, important reports are due on retail sales and housing. And Thursday's weekly report on initial jobless claims will get close scrutiny after the claims rate bumped up in the latest week.
The bottom line: The week ahead will be busy. It has the potential to be stomach-churning. And it will come after stocks suffered their worst weekly performance of the year and their second weekly loss in a row. The Dow lost 1.6%, with the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX -1.25%) down 2% and the Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX -1.45%) fell 2.3%.
Here's what to look for:
Spain is the big worry
Spanish bonds sold off in a big way this week, with their yield ending the week at about 6%. That's a big number for government debt, and it comes because Spain's economy is a mess, beaten up by a housing bubble-and-bust that may be worse than the U.S. housing bubble.
The eurozone's fourth-largest economy is in a major recession, with unemployment above 20%, and the government is struggling to meet demands that it cut spending. How the economy will grow again is another question entirely.
So, its debt is now in the crosshairs of speculators who believe it's worth much less than its face value and are busy making profits with heavy shorting.
The big debt auction on Thursday will tell markets if Spain can survive the immediate crisis or if the eurozone will need to employ some of the $1 trillion bailout fund to keep Spain afloat.
Earnings season switches into high gear
This past week marked the start of the first-quarter earnings season. Thirty-two S&P 500 companies have reported earnings already, including Alcoa (AA -3.15%) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM -3.64%). Of these, 75% have beat Street estimates. That's above the long-term average of 62%, according to Thomson Reuters, which tracks the data. Thomson still sees an earnings-growth rate for the quarter of 3.5%. Take out Apple, which is due on May 24, and the growth drops to 2%.
Some 86 components of the S&P 500 are set to report earnings in the coming week. Of these, 11 are Dow components, including Bank of America (BAC -5.34%), American Express (AXP -1.31%), Coca-Cola (KO -0.39%), General Electric (GE -2.18%), Microsoft (MSFT -0.53%) and McDonald's (MCD -0.69%).
The lineup of key reports:
Monday: Citigroup (C -3.51%), Charles Schwab (SCHW -2.56%), newspaper publisher Gannett (GCI -0.20%) and toymaker Mattel (MAT -0.50%). Citigroup is probably the biggest report. The goal will be to convince investors that its finances are in order and that a dividend increase will really happen. An embarrassing result of the Federal Reserve's stress tests was that the banking giant was forced to shelve plans for a dividend increase.
Tuesday: Coca-Cola, IBM (IBM -1.23%), Intel (INTC -1.37%), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ -0.95%) and Yahoo (YHOO -1.23%). Coca-Cola and IBM should be the stars of the day. Both have been reporting consistent earnings gains in recent quarters, with IBM's stock price hitting a record high of $210.69 on April 3. Semiconductor maker Intel also has become a darling of Wall Street, also hitting a 52-week high this past week. Johnson & Johnson has been struggling for months with quality control and other problems.
Wednesday: American Express, asset-manager Black Rock (BLK -1.93%), wireless network developer F5 Networks (FFIV -1.64%), telecommunications chip maker Qualcomm and tool maker Stanley Black & Decker (SWK -1.27%). American Express will help gauge consumer confidence by how well people are using its cards. Qualcomm is a supplier to Apple. Stanley Black & Decker will shed some light on the housing and home-renovation markets.
Thursday: Bank of America, Blackstone Group (BX -1.76%), DuPont (DD -0.74%), Microsoft, SanDisk (SNDK -2.49%), Union Pacific (UNP -0.70%) and Verizon Communications (VZ -0.77%). (Yes, it's that big of a day, actually bigger.) What investors want to know about Bank of America is how much progress it's made in getting its mortgage business back into shape. Watch SanDisk to see if its client base can survive the iPhone. And Union Pacific's guidance is a way to look at where the economy overall is headed. Microsoft, the publisher of MSN Money, will want to address how the personal computer business is faring against the onslaught of tablets and its expectations of a slew of new products, including Windows 8.
Friday: General Electric, Honeywell (HON -1.22%), athletic-apparel-maker Under Armor (UA +1.24%), Kimberly Clark (KMB +0.24%), McDonald's (MCD -0.69%) and oil services giant Schlumberger (SLB -2.79%).
The economy: retail sales, housing and manufacturing
The perception of the economy has been beaten up in the last week or so because of disappointments in the March jobs report, this past week's jobless-claims report and hints of inflation. The Federal Reserve is divided about whether inflation is going to erupt or not.
This week may clarify things, Europe notwithstanding.
Retail sales for March, due Monday: This should show some improvement from February and from a year ago if only because March was the warmest on record. That's good for builder materials, gardening equipment and Easter sales. Apple's release of its new iPad should also boost the data, according to IHS Global Insight. But a dip in auto sales will be a drag.
Housing starts and building permits, due Tuesday: Yes, starts were lower than expected in February. But permits were up quite a bit, and many analysts see that feeding into starts in March. Plus, both Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase cited growing mortgage demand.
National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index, due Tuesday: This should also show some improvement. Remember, however: Housing starts and building permits are still at near-record lows.
Empire Manufacturing Index and the Philly Fed Index, due Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. These reports from the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Philadelphia should offer some insight on the strength of the manufacturing rebound.
Initial jobless claims, due Thursday from the Labor Department. The key is if the seasonally adjusted rate stays under 400,000 and preferably below last week's 380,000 rate.
Existing-home sales, due Thursday from the National Association of Realtors. The key is investor buying, now around 30% of total sales. Look for a small gain, and look to see if the inventory is falling. Measured in months' supply, the inventory was at a 6.4-month supply in February.
Index of Leading Economic Indicators, due Thursday from The Conference Board. Look for a small gain, driven by stock prices and small gains in interest rates as the economy looked stronger."