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 theweek ahead.

It was a mixed week on the major markets, with the Dow and the S&P 500 more or less flat, and the Nasdaq Composite declining more than 2%. While oil fell during the week, tech stocks were a problem, with bad news from Motorola ( MOT) and IBM ( IBM) taking much of the zip out of sector. Click here for the weekly performance of the big indices.

Turning to economic indicators, the coming week will be a busy one. The main numbers to watch will be existing home sales, on Thursday, and new home sales, on Friday, for reads on the all-important housing sector. Also, durable goods orders are due out Friday. And President Bush plans to deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday, in which he is expected to discuss taxes and environmental policy.

Turning to earnings reports, it will be an over-the-top week. Among the hundreds reporting fourth-quarter earnings, we have Pfizer ( PFE), Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ), Abbott Laboratories ( ABT), Bank of America ( BAC), Wachovia ( WB), and DuPont ( DD).

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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