) -- 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 then a summary of articles and research papers worth reading.

It was a decent week for the major U.S. markets, but gains were more muted than they have been in previous weeks. The

S&P 500

gained 0.5%, the


was up 0.7% and the


ended the week up 0.3%.

Blame bank troubles, worries about trade and currencies (China's and the U.S.'s in particular), as well as indifferent earnings. On the other hand, it was a solid week for U.S. IPOs, with six averaging gains of 31%.

Looking ahead to next week, it will be all earnings, all the time, albeit with a continuing backdrop of trade and currencies. Third-quarter earnings season will be solid, with few surprises, so most of the attention will be on guidance. There will be continuing fallout from

this weekend's G20 meeting

, which seems to have produced a group hug but not much else in terms of incentives for countries to play nicely given current trade tensions.

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Turning to economic indicators, we will see reports in the coming week on existing-home sales, durable goods orders and U.S. third-quarter GDP.

As for earnings, the week will bring reports from


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Texas Instruments

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CB Richard Ellis



Waste Management

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, and


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, among a host of others.

Lastly, here are some articles and papers worth reading:

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

--Written by Paul Kedrosky in La Jolla, Calif.

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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. He maintains a widely read blog called

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