Good Sunday morning. 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 at the week ahead.

It was a mostly down week for the major markets. The Dow and the S&P 500 lost 0.4% and 0.2%, respectively, while the Nasdaq was up 0.7%. Click here for the weekly performance.

Looking forward to next week, most observers expect the market to move higher, but there is nervousness about interest rates. People still expect at least one more Fed hike, and that is holding things back somewhat. The February jobs report, due out Friday, will largely seal the deal. If it's strong, it will virtually guarantee at least one more rate increase in the current cycle.

Other economic indicators are on tap next week. Monday will see January U.S. factory orders data and revised January durable goods orders. Revised fourth-quarter data on productivity and unit labor costs are scheduled for Tuesday.

As for earnings reports, next week will be much less active than recent weeks. Highlights include the largest U.S. grocery chain, Kroger ( KR), and another grocer, Albertson's ( ABS).

Finally, here are some articles and papers worth reading:

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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. 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 welcomes your feedback and invites you to send your comments to pkedrosky@thestreet.com.