Nightly News | August 21, 2011
>>> tonight, jittery investors are awaiting tomorrow morning's opening bell after another dismal week on wall street . for a look on what we might expect, cnbc's maria bartiromo .
>> new information tonight. we just got word the head of germany, angela merkel , is stepping up her opposition to euro bonds as a way to end the debt crisis in the euro zone . that so far is being reacted to negatively. the big focus, though, next week here at home will be a new focus on the economy. we get the dp report out. many economists have been lowering their expectations for economic growth in the u.s. that report will be watched very closely. people expecting growth of about 1%. and then, of course, ben bernanke , chairman of the fed speaking at the annual federal reserve meeting in jackson hole , wyoming. all eyes on that speech. people want to know if he's going to suggest the economy needs further stimulus and perhaps we could hear more about qe 3, quantitative easing for a third time. most economists are not expecting new stimulus from the federal reserve . but everything he says in that speech, of course, will be looked at very closely as any hint of whether or not the fed will be here to create some boost to an economy that remains fragile, lester.
>> maria bartiromo here in new york with us tonight, thanks.