The Week Ahead: State budget meetings, InvestMidwest forum, KC Fashion Week

Here’s a look at some of the stories Missouri Business Alert is tracking this week:

Top picks

Kansas City Fashion Week begins Sunday and runs through Saturday, featuring a variety of runway shows and other events to showcase local designers and celebrate the Kansas City fashion scene.

• Traders return to Wall Street on Monday for the first opening bell since House Republicans pulled their proposed health-care bill Friday afternoon. Analysts’ opinions vary on what the bill’s demise will mean to markets in the coming weeks and months. Some believe the end of the health-care debate will free Republicans to focus on tax reform, but others say the GOP’s struggles unifying behind the health-care bill portend challenges ahead on tax reform and other policies viewed positively by markets.

• Lawmakers return to Jefferson City after a week break, and GOP leaders say the state budget is a top priority. The House Budget Committee meets Tuesday for markup of budget bills, and the committee could vote on the bills as soon as Tuesday.

• The InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum takes place Tuesday and Wednesday in Kansas City. The annual event will feature 40 to 45 early-stage companies pitching to an audience that includes a variety of investors. Organizers say the forum has helped generate more than $1 billion of investment over the past 17 years.

• The halls of the Missouri Capitol will be alive with the sound of music Wednesday as Fine Arts Education Day returns. The annual event, which aims to highlight the importance of fine arts education in Missouri schools, comes as lawmakers weigh cuts to several parts of the state budget.

Day planner

Monday

Treasury securities auction

Tuesday

International Trade in Goods reported; Consumer Confidence Index released; Kansas City Fed President Esther George speaks; earnings expected from Carnival, Darden Restaurants and Sonic

Wednesday

Pending Home Sales Index released; earnings expected from Lululemon Athletica

Thursday

Fourth-quarter GDP (third estimate) reported; quarterly corporate profits reported; farm prices reported; earnings expected from Dell Technologies

Friday

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard speaks; earnings expected from Blackberry

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