As we enter the first week of February, we look at the economic numbers for the last week of January. While last week’s number changes were light last week for economic reports, the ones we did see were/are very impactful. Earlier this Monday morning we had a strong Manufacturing report which can create optimism because it offsets the fears in the market around the coronavirus and it helps the stock markets to stabilize. This week we look forward to getting the ISM Services report which will be an indicator of the strength of the non-manufacturing sector of our economy. We watch this report closely because the US economy is primarily service based. At the end of the week, on Friday, we will get the Employment Report which always has the potential to move the markets up or down. As of now, interest rates are holding steady (George Lane, 2020).