[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/10/18/john.king.monday.memo/art.wall.street.generic.afp.gi.jpg caption=" This week is key for Wall Street, with highly anticipated third-quarter earnings of major companies due."](CNN) - A diverse collection of earnings and government reports will again put the economy at center stage this week, as investors wonder whether the Dow will remain comfortably above the 10,000 mark.
Consider the mix of companies due to add to the debate about whether a recovery is taking root: Apple, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, Pfizer, United Health, Yahoo!, AT&T, Delta Air Lines and Merck.
And from the government: the Labor Department's Producer Price Index (inflation), the Commerce Department's new housing starts report and the Fed's Beige Book - its summary of economic conditions region by region.
The markets will be in the news in other ways, as well.
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CNN: King: Monday Memo: Some strong yearnings for good earnings
A diverse collection of earnings and government reports will again put the economy at center stage this week, as investors wonder whether the Dow will remain comfortably above the 10,000 mark.
CNN: Emanuel: Bush never asked key questions on Afghanistan
One of President Obama's top advisers said Sunday the Bush administration failed to ask critical questions about the war in Afghanistan, leaving the Obama administration starting from scratch - and leaving the war "adrift."
CNN: Obama aides question Wall St. firms lobbying against reforms
Wall Street needs to focus more on helping Main Street than self-enrichment, two of President Barack Obama's top advisers said Sunday.
New York Times: Energy Firms Deeply Split on Bill to Battle Climate Change
As the Senate prepares to tackle global warming, the nation’s energy producers, once united, are battling one another over policy decisions worth hundreds of billions of dollars in coming decades.
CNN: Obama aide defends tax on so-called 'Cadillac' plans
As the debate over health care reform moves into a new phase, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is defending one proposal to help finance the nearly $900 billion price tag for Democrats’ ambitious plans to restructure the nation’s health care system.
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