After blah week, stocks to get in gear. No, really

In the coming weeks the latest readings on retail sales, industrial production and both producer and consumer prices. Stocks are coming off an exceptionally light trading week. U.S. markets were closed Monday for Labor Day and trading desks were short-staffed later in the week for Jewish New Year.
After one big leap back and three baby steps forward, stocks ended up going practically nowhere last week.

But don’t fear. Analysts have been saying all summer that they’re waiting until mid-September for stocks to take direction, and now mid-September is here. As traders regroup after the shortened holiday week, the upcoming economic calendar offers several potential market-movers that could take the lead.


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