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.

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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.

Lastly, here are some articles and papers worth reading:

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  • The Swap Contracts That Swallowed Your Town ( The New York Times)
  • The rerise of Steve Cohen and his SAC ( Bloomberg)
  • 10 Best Places for Second Homes ( Barron's)
  • Companies are finding a lost-cash machine via equity issuance(CFO)
  • Dot-com bust ripples still felt 10 years later ( San FranciscoChronicle)
  • China ready to end dollar peg -- very, very slowly ( Telegraph)
  • Social spending around the world (OECD)
  • Billionaire Bubble: Ten players in the local tech scene lookback, a decade later, at the frenzied days of the Internet boom andits fateful bust ( The Washington Post)
  • On the ease of overstating the fiscal stimulus in the U.S., 2008-9(NBER)
  • African Poverty is Falling ... Much Faster than You Think ( NBER)
  • Is It Real, or Is It Randomized?: A Financial Turing Test ( arXiv)
  • California Ready for Its Return to GOs ( Bond Buyer)
  • A realistic look at the rise of clean cars ( Energy Information Administration)
  • Iceland Voters Reject Debt Deal ( The Wall Street Journal)
  • Germans to debt-ridden Greeks: Sell the Acropolis. And a fewislands. (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Graphs: Duration of Unemployment ( Calculated Risk Blog)
  • Exports need 2-3 years to revive, says Chinese minister ( ShanghaiDaily)
  • Gaming revenues continue to decline ( Agence France Presse)

-- Written by Paul Kedrosky in La Jolla, Calif.

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. He maintains a widely read blog called Infectious Greed.

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