Good Sunday morning, and welcome to Weekend Reading. 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 to the week ahead.

It was a mixed week on the major markets, with the Nasdaq Composite advancing and the other two major U.S. indices declining. Click here for the weekly performance.

So the tech-heavy Nasdaq advanced on the week while the Dow and the S&P 500 declined? The last time that happened was March of 2006, and the last time a year began that way was way back in -- you guessed it -- 2000. While I wouldn't read too much into this, it still speaks volumes about investors' newfound ardor for technology stocks, which is certain to be a major theme in 2007.

Turning to economic indicators, next week will be a fairly busy one. On Wednesday we will see the November trade balance, and on Friday we will see December retail sales. Two Federal Reserve officials also plan to give speeches. On Monday, Vice Chairman Donald Kohn speaks in Atlanta, and on Thursday, New York Fed President Timothy Geithner appears at a New York event.

As for earnings reports, it should be fairly quiet, although market participants will be watching closely for preannouncements for fourth-quarter earnings. Companies scheduled to report include Genentech ( DNA) , Alcoa ( AA) and Samsung.

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Finally, here are some articles and papers worth reading:

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

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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