Good Sunday morning. As always, here are some articles and papersworth reading. First, however, a look back at the week that justfinished, and a look forward at the week ahead.

It was a mixed week for the major markets. The Dow and the S&P500 went in opposite directions, with the Dow gaining 0.5% and theS&P 500 losing 0.5%. The ever-inconoclastic Nasdaq lost 1.8% onthe week. Click here for the weekly performance.

Looking forward to next week, most observers remain nervous. Iran,oil prices, and the outlook for interest rates are all weighing oninvestors. That said, there is a sizable contingent of people treatingthis as a welcome pullback and an opportunity for putting money to work in the market.

Turning to the economic week ahead, on Thursday we will see theconsumer price index for February. The Reuters consensus is for a 0.1% rise. On Tuesday we will receive retail sales data for February, and the consensus is for a 0.8 percent decline. Looking further out, the big event remains the FOMC meeting scheduled for March 27 and 28. It's now a slam-dunk certainty that rates will go up again.

Next week is fairly quiet on the earnings front, with thefourth-quarter reporting season at last over. Reuters says thatS&P 500 companies came in about 65% ahead of expectations,delivering the 14th consecutive quarter of year-over-year double-digitearnings growth. The main companies to watch this week will be theinvestment banks, with Goldman Sachs ( GS), Bear Stearns ( BSC), and LehmanBrothers ( LEH) all set to report results for their first quarter, which ended Feb. 28.

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.

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