Economic data frames today's news, with the Purchasing Managers' Index for October as the banner event. The PMI, which nearly always moves markets, is considered the single best snapshot of the condition of the factory sector.

In the earnings spotlight, healthcare companies

Aetna

(AET)

and

Cigna

(CI) - Get Report

post results. So far this quarter, the health sector has shown strong year-over-year growth.

Expected Earnings Reports

This table includes S&P 500 companies only. Dates are as expected according to First Call/Thomson Financial, and may change.

Economic Data

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Forecasts are from

Reuters

. Times are Eastern. For a longer-term economic calendar and more, see

TSC's

Economic Databank.

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  • 7 a.m.: Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ended Friday. Source: Mortgage Bankers Association. Forecast: n.a. Previous: 587.2. Purchase Index. Forecast: n.a. Previous: 298.7.
  • 9 a.m.: Treasury refunding announcement. Source: Treasury Department. The Treasury announces the size of its next quarterly refunding. Five-and 10-year notes will be sold next Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • 10 a.m.: Construction Spending for September. Source: Census Bureau. Forecast: +0.4%. Previous: +1.4%.
  • 10 a.m.: Purchasing Managers' Index for October. Source: National Association of Purchasing Management. Forecast: 49.8. Previous: 49.9.
  • 2 p.m.: Beige Book. Source: Federal Reserve. The Fed's anecdotal report on economic conditions around the country is for consideration at the Federal Open Market Committee's Nov. 15 meeting.
  • 6:30 p.m.: Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended Saturday. Source: Money Magazine and ABC News. Forecast: n.a. Previous: 29.

IPO Lockups Expiring

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ipoPros.com subsidiary, keeps a close eye on lockup expirations every week. For more on lockups and why they matter, check out Holmes' primer on the subject. The full current lockup list is published separately. For information on IPO pricings, filings and aftermarket activity, plus a calendar of upcoming IPOs, check out

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