Updated from 1/29/2011 with latest news from Egypt.NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Should investors be bracing themselves for a further correction in the coming week? Between the escalating crisis in Egypt, the ongoing earnings season and a crucial nonfarm payrolls report, there will certainly be plenty of market-moving headlines to influence equities trading. After rising to key psychological levels on an intra-day basis during the week on the back of strong earnings,
|A protester is seen in the streets amid civil unrest in Suez, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators poured into the nation's streets.|
On Monday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis will release personal income and spending data. Income is expected to rise 0.5%, while spending is likely to have grown by 0.6% in December. On Tuesday, investors will have December construction, January ISM manufacturing index and February auto sales numbers to digest. The ISM Manufacturing Index is expected to climb to 58.2 from 57 in December, according to consensus estimates from Briefing.com. Wednesday will provide the first glimpse into the employment situation in January with the ADP releasing its National Employment Report. The report has shown strong trends in private sector job growth over the past few months, only to be refuted by the Labor Department's nonfarm payrolls report each time. Earlier this month, the ADP said that companies added nearly 300,000 jobs in December, while the Labor Department said
the economy added only 103,000 jobs. . The divergence could lead markets to read the ADP report with more caution when it is released on Wednesday. On Thursday, the weekly jobless claims will be in focus. The data has been erratic over the last few weeks as bad weather has disrupted filing of claims and administrative processing at the Labor Department. That might well be an issue with the nonfarm payrolls report on Friday as well. "We are still in the unstable portion of the calendar," said Creatura on the jobs report. "It would not be wise to read too much into a single jobs report. After the report, we are likely to feel like we need more information." Economists expect the economy to have added 150,000 jobs in January, according to Briefing.com. Estimates will likely be revised through the week following the ADP data. Earnings will continue to be in focus with several key oil and healthcare companies set to report in the week ahead. Exxon Mobil ( XOM) and Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) report on Monday, while BP ( BP) will announce is results on Tuesday morning. Investors will be looking for more information on BP's liabilities related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Cummins ( CMI), Biogen ( BIIB), Pfizer ( PFE) and UPS ( UPS) are other major companies set to report on Tuesday. Allergan ( AGN), Mattel ( MAT) and Visa ( V) are reports of note Wednesday.
Thursday will be earnings heavy with the reports of casino leader Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), Dow Chemical ( DOW), Diamond Offshore Drilling ( DO), insurance company Cigna ( CI) and drug giant Merck ( MRK) in focus. Friday will be relatively light with results from Pulte Group ( PHM), AON ( AON), Aetna ( AET) capping the week. Shares of the oil shipping companies including Frontline ( FRO), General Maritime ( GMR) and Overseas Shipping ( OSG) will likely stay on the market's radar as the situation in the Middle East plays out. Another event worth watching is Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's press conference on Thursday. Last week, the Fed voted to continue its quantitative easing program, as was expected. Concern that the central bank might be stoking inflation, however, continues to build in the market. --Written by Shanthi Bharatwaj in New York >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Shanthi Bharatwaj. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/shavenk. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: email@example.com.