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.

It was a good week for the major markets. After touching a 17-month high, the Dow gained 0.6% on the week, while the S&P 500 added 1% and the Nasdaq rose 1.8%.

Next week may be a little more uneasy, as banking and health care reform legislation come to the fore. Both will absorb some investor attention, and both are likely to reduce profits in key sectors of the economy.

The week also ends with a quadruple-witching moment -- March futures and options expire -- which could make the week even more of a wild ride.

Turning to economic indicators, next week will see March regional manufacturing reports, February leading economic indicators and housing starts, plus February's producer price and consumer price indices. We will also see Christopher Dodd's (D., Conn.) bill on financial regulation.

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As for earnings, next week will bring reports from Wyeth ( WYE), Nike ( NKE),and a host of China companies.

Lastly, here are some articles and papers worth reading:

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  • Banking on a Growing Deficit ( IDD)
  • Scoping the Tech M&A Horizon ( IDD)
  • Barron's on U.S. state/city financial crises ( Barron's)
  • Plenty of new airports but few passengers in China ( Los Angeles Times)
  • Deceptive arguments are being made in California's water wars(Los Angeles Times)
  • The president and trade ( The Economist)
  • Hit Entertainment 'at risk of breaching bank covenants' ( Telegraph)
  • Apple's (AAPL) Spat With Google (GOOG) Is Getting Personal ( The New York Times)
  • Dodd to Unveil a Comprehensive Financial Overhaul Bill ( The New York Times)
  • Shopping the Mortgage Rate Before the Home Price ( The New York Times)
  • Are Pink Slips Better Than Flu Shots? The Effects of Employmenton Influenza Rates ( NBER)
  • From Financial Crash to Debt Crisis ( NBER)
  • The Great British Economy Disaster ( London Review of Books)
  • Muni Holdings Beef Up ( Bond Buyer)
  • Microsoft (MSFT) Employees Love Gadgets, but iPhone Fans Lie Low ( The Wall Street Journal)
  • The Professor Who Chases Financial Bubbles ( The Wall Street Journal)
  • AIG (AIG) might pay back $170 billion of its $182 billion bailout. ( Slate)
  • China faces most complicated year, keeping yuan stable ( Shanghai Daily)
  • California Bonds? Detroit Bonds? 30-Year Treasuries? Bring 'EmOn (Infectious Greed blog)
  • Matt Simmons: The Oil & Water Mix ( Infectious Greed blog)
  • Michael Lewis' new book The Big Short, which explores the financial crisis, is getting rave reviews ( Amazon.com)

-- 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.

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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