You Said It: A <I>TSC</I> Weekly Poll: Will Earnings Spark a Rally?

Doubts and worries have weighed on the market. Can strong third-quarter results lighten the load?
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Shaking this market off its interest-rate obsession is about as tough as shaking a hound dog off a roadkill raccoon, or whatever I might say if I were a down-home type.

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No sooner had the


delivered its Tuesday decision to keep rates steady and adopt a tightening bias than the market got to fretting about what might happen at the Nov. 16 Fed confab. Friday's mixed September

employment report

didn't help matters much.

And now comes the third-quarter earnings season, with the

First Call/Thomson Financial

consensus forecast looking for a 19.3% year-over-year rise for

S&P 500

profits. Even with that kind of number coming, the market has been skittering around on the freshly waxed linoleum of uncertainty. Can it find its feet?

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