NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Good Sunday afternoon, and welcome to another edition of Weekend Reading. First a look back at the week that just finished, then a look forward to the week ahead, and, lastly, a summary of articles and research papers worth reading. This week was a funny one. It started out wobbly, with worries about Greece again ascendant, got a little better, and then got a bunch better on somewhat better-than-expected U.S. jobs numbers. The major U.S. indices ended up posting their best weekly performance since October, with the Dow gaining 2.3%, the S&P 500 up 3.1% and the Nasdaq up 3.9%. Looking forward to next week, we are almost upon the first anniversary of the March 9, 2009 market lows. Could the rally continue from here? It could. Consumers are looking like less of a millstone around the economy, even if the days of consumer spending representing 70% of the U.S. economy are finally and rightly gone. > > Bull or Bear? Vote in Our Poll Turning to economic indicators, next week we have the Commerce Department's February retail sales data, the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan March consumer sentiment number, jobless claims and the international trade deficit. As for earnings, next week will bring reports from The Bank Of Nova Scotia ( BNS), J. Crew ( JCG), the always-entertaining Overstock.com ( OSTK) and Kroger ( KR), among others.