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Weekend Reading

Good Sunday morning, and welcome to Weekend Reading. As always, here are some articles and papers worth reading. First, however, a look back at the week that just finished, and a look forward to the week ahead.

It was a down week, with all three major U.S. indices losing ground. The Dow fell 0.6%, as did the Standard & Poor's 500 index. The Nasdaq Composite lost 0.7% on the week.

Turning to economic news, the Conference Board plans to release its January consumer confidence reading Tuesday. Next up, Fed policymakers plan to meet Tuesday and Wednesday; they're expected to leave the federal funds rate unchanged at 5.25%. Wednesday also will bring fourth-quarter GDP (with the consensus being for 3.0% growth), as well as the National Association of Purchasing Management's Chicago business survey. Then on Thursday, we will see December data on personal income and spending. Also on Thursday's schedule: January domestic car and truck sales. Lastly, the government plans to release January U.S. employment data Friday. The consensus is that employers added 145,000 nonfarm jobs during the month.

Turning to earnings releases, there are hundreds of companies reporting, so you can pick and choose wherever you want. Some highlights include Boeing (BA - Get Report), Procter & Gamble (PG - Get Report) and the almighty Google (GOOG - Get Report).

Finally, here are some articles and papers worth reading:

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At time of publication, Kedrosky had no positions in stocks mentioned, although holdings can change at any time.

Dr. Paul Kedrosky is a former highly ranked sell-side technology equity analyst, and he currently runs a technology finance institute at the University of California, San Diego. He is also a venture partner with Ventures West, an institutional venture capital firm with more than $400 million under management. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. While Kedrosky cannot provide investment advice or recommendations, he appreciates your feedback; click here to send him an email.

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