Interest rates were supposed to be kept low by the Federal Reserve's bond-buying program. Ben Bernanke will meet with the press on Wednesday, and investors will listen for clues about when the Fed might change its policy with interest rates.
A sell-off on Friday drove Dow down 154 points, as traders took stock of postponed debt payment at conglomerate Dubai World.
US economy grew 3.5 percent in the third quarter, according to GDP report. But it will be months before the economy adds jobs, economists forecast.
The picture is slowly improving. But how well you're doing depends on your profession, where you live, and how old you are.
Meanwhile, Citigroup gets help from Uncle Sam.
With biggest job losses since 1974, Obama plans massive public works.
A slump seems inevitable, many experts now say. But they differ on its duration.