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Financial 411: The Business Week Ahead

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Markets

Wall Street was flat on Tuesday, after resuming trading following Monday's holiday and last week's strong finish. The Dow Jones dropped 13 points, to 12,570. The S&P 500 dipped two points, closing at 1,338. The NASDAQ bucked the trend, gaining 10 points, to end the day at 2,826.

The Week Ahead

On Friday, the government will release the June employment report. Last month's report brought disappointing numbers, with only 54,000 new jobs created. Focus is also back on the economy this week, as lawmakers on Capitol Hill negotiate over whether to raise the nation's debt limit. Looking even further ahead, next week, companies will begin reporting how much they earned in the second-quarter.

Kelly Evans, who writes Ahead of the Tape for the Wall Street Journal, will preview the week ahead in business.

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