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Stock Influx: Weekend Reading

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Good Sunday afternoon, and welcome to another edition of Weekend Reading. First a look back at the week that just finished, then a look forward at the week ahead and, lastly, a summary of articles and papers worth reading.

It was yet another good week for the major markets. The combination of QE2 and solid earnings proved to be a positive one, driving the major U.S. stock indices higher and further lifting commodities. The S&P 500 gained 3.1%, while the Dow gained 2.3% and the Nasdaq gained 2.5%. Cotton and sugar soared on the week, gaining 14% and 9%, respectively.

Looking ahead, cash and bonds look even worse than usual, and equities still don't look awful, so it is easy to imagine a continuing influx of money into stocks. At the same time, gold will almost certainly do well, as will oil, in part because of a weakening dollar.

Turning to economic indicators, we'll get a look at wholesale inventories Tuesday, jobless claims on Wednesday (released a day early because Thursday is Veterans Day, a government holiday) and the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index on Friday.

As for earnings, next week will bring reports from Macy's (M), Sara Lee (SLE), Nvidia (NVDA), Kohl's (KSS) and Agilent (A).

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