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Week Ahead: Mayer, Malone & Slew Of Market-Moving News

Jan 5 2014, 3:11pm CST | by

Week Ahead: Mayer, Malone & Slew Of Market-Moving News

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The first full trading week of 2014 brings a slew of company and economic news that is potentially sensitive for investors.

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.

Janet Yellen may be approved as early as Monday in a vote by the U.S. Senate to succeed Ben Bernanke as the leader of the Federal Reserve.

There could also be updates early in the week on what could be the first big M&A deal of the year – a possible bid by Charter Communications to buy Time Warner Cable.

Financial news wires have reported that Charter – in which media mogul John Malone’s Liberty Media has a big stake – could offer more than $60 billion, including debt, for Time Warner Cable.

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.

Tuesday brings news on November’s U.S. trade deficit — and a feast of news on technology and consumer electronic companies.

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.

Also on Tuesday, Samsung Electronics, the largest maker of smart phones and televisions, is expected to announce sales and operating profit figures.

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.

Investors will pore over these minutes forensically for any insight they can find into how quickly the Fed will continue to reduce its unconventional bond-buying measures.

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.

Source: Forbes

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