At the conclusion of each week, VFC's Stock House examines the stocks and stories that made news through various sectors during the previous trading week, but may also make headlines or influence trends during the upcoming week as well.
Encouraging job numbers last week supported the recent sustained higher prices in the markets, while the DOW still hovers right around the 13,000 mark. Many analysts and economists, however, still predict that a market correction is in store at some point over the coming months which will only add to the continued volatility in the markets that - while making some of the long term investors nervous - has led to plenty of ample trading opportunities.
The prospect of a correction is also supported by the continued civil, geo-political and economic unrest around the globe that dominates today's headlines.
European leaders agreed last week on a plan to set the Greece economy straight, but many investors had to swallow huge losses and few are convinced that the economic woes of other large players in the European economy, namely Spain and Italy, won't also have to be dealt with.
The threat of eventual military action in Iran over its nuclear program is still contributing to inflated oil prices, while the potential for air strikes in Syria, as proposed by US Senator John McCain, reinforces the fact that the Middle East is still far from stable - a full year after the Arab Spring sprang into action.
Vladimir Putin has returned to his position as President in Russia - as if he ever really left - and as long as oil prices are high, expect him to feel emboldened enough to continue to launch Russia to the forefront of international affairs, often times in opposition to what may be good for the US economy and policies.
In sports, Peyton Manning was announced as a free agent last week, and maybe it's time he comes to New York to join his brother Eli - as a backup to the TWO-time Super Bowl champ. We need something to talk about this summer since the best the Mets will have to offer is the trade talk that'll surround David Wright and Johan Santana (if he even makes a start).
Another exciting trading week lies ahead, here's a few stories to watch...