Editor's Choice for the Week of April 5, 2010: Market Moving News for This Week--Congressional Hearings Resume and FOMC Meetings

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Only the U.S. bond market was open to respond to April 2's jobs report, which found that unemployment was flat at 9.7% in March but that 162,000 new jobs were created during the month. While many overseas markets remain closed for the Easter Monday bank holiday, U.S. markets are open all week.

Those markets will likely respond on April 5 to the National Association of Realtor's release of pending home sales for February; on April 6 to release of the minutes of the FOMC's March 16 meeting; on April 7 to the Fed's release of consumer credit numbers for February; on April 8 to the latest retail sales figures; and on April 9, Friday, to wholesale inventories for February from the Commerce Department.

Interest rates will be on the minds of Europeans this week, too, as the European Central Bank meets--followed by a live press conference--and the Bank of England gathers on that topic on April 8.

The House and Senate return from their Easter recess this week, and beginning on Wednesday, April 7, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission begins three consecutive days of hearings.

The FDIC's Sheila Bair has an op-ed in April 5's Wall Street Journal touting the FDIC model as the best one to ensure true financial services reform. The Federal Reserve's Ben Bernanke is scheduled to deliver major speeches on April 7 in Dallas and on April 8 back in Washington, DC. On April 4, U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the major Western nations were close to agreeing on a worldwide tax on banks to help protect against future bank failures.

In an April 3 Op-Ed in The New York Times, hedge fund manager Michael Burry of Scion Capital excoriates Alan Greenspan and the Fed for failing to predict the housing meltdown .

The April 4 New York Times Sunday Business section contains three stories worthy of note: one, by Natasha Singer, discusses the intricacies of a Merck lawsuit settlement that may have widespread implications for corporate governance; the second is a listing of CEO pay at a number of major U.S. companies. Finally, as March Madness ebbs with the men's national collegiate basketball championship being played April 5, Yale's Robert Shiller turns his restless mind to that serious financial research topic: what's the best strategy for the NFL draft?--in his regular column on April 4.

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