Weekend Reading: Suffer Fest

Good Sunday morning. Here are some articles and papers worthreading. First, however, a look back at the week that just finished,and a look forward at the week ahead.

It was a bad week. All three major markets fell victim to the surge in Middle Eastern violence. The Dow and the S&P 500 lost 3.2% and 2.3%, respectively, while the Nasdaq Composite plummeted 4.4%. Click here for the weekly performance.

With no improvement over the weekend -- hostilities actually intensified -- there is no reason to expect next week will be much better for the markets. What's more, there is enoughother downbeat news regarding interest rates, oil prices and trade to keep the markets struggling.

Turning to the economic week ahead, all eyes will be on the producer price and consumer price indices for June. They're due out Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. We will also get a look at the minutes from the last meeting of Fed policymakers, and Chairman Ben Bernanke will testify before congressional committees on Wednesday and Thursday.

On the earnings front, it'll be busy. Here are some market-moving companies that are reporting: Microsoft ( MSFT), Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ), Caterpillar ( CAT), Honeywell ( HON), Apple ( AAPL), Google ( GOOG) and Intel ( INTC).

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 appreciates your feedback; click here to send him an email.

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