Market watchers are waiting for the stock markets of major economies around the world to open for business, and many have been hoping to see a boost in global growth and inflation.
Unfortunately, it looks like the bull market will be short-lived.
The U.S. and the euro area are still very much in the throes of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
China’s economy has been struggling to grow, and the Chinese government is already taking a hard look at ways to curb its huge debt.
Meanwhile, global growth will likely continue to lag behind, thanks in large part to the economic stagnation and high unemployment that have gripped much of the developed world.
Here’s a look at some of the main economic indicators that could play a role in whether or not markets are up to the task.