- Tuesday brings the Federal Open Market Committee Minutes from the Fed's last meeting in 2011. The Markets will be especially interested to hear what the Fed may have said about inflation.
- The ISM Services Index will be reported on Thursday. This report gives investors a gauge as to how the service sector is holding up in this economy. Individuals employed in this sector produce services rather than products. Service sector jobs provide a significant number of jobs in the US - including housekeeping, messenger services, tax preparation, nursing, and teaching.
- Also on Thursday, we'll see another weekly Initial Jobless Claims Report. It is encouraging to see that Claims remain beneath the 400,000 mark, which is a sign that the labor market is improving.
- The biggest news of the week will be Friday's Jobs Report, as the Labor Department reveals the latest unemployment figures and how many new jobs were created in December.
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