Analysts will be watching with more than passing interest today to see whether Wall Street can close at another all-time high for the seventh time this month. Another water-mark was reached yesterday by the Standard & Poor's 500 index, but just barely. The S&P 500 edged up 2.34 points, or 0.1 percent, to a record 1,762.11. Futures point to a higher opening today.
- International stock markets were mixed today as investors waited for a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting this week for clues about when the central bank will begin reducing its monetary stimulus. Benchmark crude oil fell but remains above $98 a barrel. The dollar gained against the euro and fell against the yen.
- There's a wealth of fresh economic data on today's calendar. The Labor and Commerce departments lead things off this morning, with the Producer Price Index and retail sales numbers for September. Commerce also releases data on August business inventories. From the private sector come reports on home prices and consumer confidence.
- Expectations can change in a hurry in Washington and that holds true for the Federal Reserve, which meets this week. Six weeks ago, many expected the Fed to announce a slowdown of its $85 billion-a-month bond-buying. The Fed surprised some by leaving it alone and tepid economic indicators suggest there won't be any changes this time around.
- Google is relying on a little social networking to put its Internet-connected glasses on the heads of more people. The expanded sales of the device known as Google Glass will come as part of an invitation-only program announced yesterday. The roughly 10,000 Glass owners who began testing the device earlier this year will each be allowed to invite up to three people to buy the device.