There's plenty to watch out for today: big economic data, big tech earnings and a big speech from the Big Guy.
This morning brings the release of December
Producer Price Index
data, which market players will watch closely -- especially the former -- for clues to the
likely next move on interest rates. Speaking of which, Fed Chairman
is set to speak tonight in New York. Wall Street will parse his every word for signs of hawkishness or dovishness on rates and the stock market.
In between, 'round about 4:16 p.m. EST,
reports its fourth-quarter earnings. Analysts are looking for profits of 63 cents a share -- but they're
looking for more, of course.
Expected Earnings Reports
This table includes earnings expectations for S&P 500 companies only. Dates are as expected, according to First Call/Thomson Financial, and may change. The full week's earnings calendar is published separately.
Forecasts are from
. Times are Eastern. For a longer-term economic calendar and more, see
- 8:30 a.m.:Producer Price Index for December. Source:
Labor Department. Forecast: +0.3% overall, +0.1% ex-food and energy. Previous: +0.2% overall, unchanged ex-food and energy.
8:30 a.m.:Retail sales for December. Source:
Census Bureau. Forecast: overall +1.0%, ex-autos +0.7%. Previous: overall +0.9%, ex-autos +0.4%.
8:30 a.m.:Initial jobless claims for the week ended Jan. 1. Source:
Labor Department. Forecast: 280,000. Previous: 274,000.
Conferences and Meetings
Salomon Smith Barney Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications Conference
, Palm Springs, Calif. Final day. Scheduled to present:
- British Telecom (BTY)
- Colt Telecom (COLT)
- GoTo.com (GOTO)
- NTL (NTLI)
- Radio Unica Communications (UNCA)
- Telmex (TMX)
- Women.com Networks (WOMN) - Get Report
- Yahoo! (YHOO)
Salem Communications (SALM) - Get Report
Chase H&Q Healthcare Conference
, San Francisco. Final day.
Needham Growth Conference
, New York. Final day.
Speeches and Testimony
- 8:25 p.m.: Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan addresses the
New York Economic Club.