The U.S. jobs report on Friday will be the focus for many, but there is a rich seam of information for investors to mine before then, including Federal Reserve minutes, economic indicators, company earnings – and news from a big consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.
Expected on Monday are updates on the performance of the U.S. service industries in December from The Institute For Supply Management and news on November U.S. factory orders from the Commerce Department.
The International Consumer Electronics Show opens in Las Vegas, where speakers are expected to include Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai and Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers.
On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve will release minutes from the December 17-18 meeting of its Federal Open Market Committee, when it announced plans to start reducing monthly bond buying stimulus from $85 billion to $75 billion.
Also expected on Wednesday is U.S. November consumer credit data — and earnings from Bed Bath & Beyond, Family Dollar Stores and Monsanto.
Thursday brings what for many is the real start of the company earnings season when Alcoa announces its results, as well as interest rate decisions from the European Central Bank and the Bank of England, the UK’s central bank.
Friday provides what could be the big economic news of the week – the U.S. jobs report.
Surveys have suggested that U.S. employers may have added roughly 200,000 jobs for a second successive month in December, data that could make 2013 the strongest year for U.S. jobs creation since 2005.