Earnings season gathers steam, as companies including Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) - Get Report and General Electric (GE) - Get Report report third-quarter results today.

Ahead of its earnings release, Advanced Micro Devices shed 13 cents to $22.25. On the heels of analyst downgrades of chipmakers

Altera

(ALTR) - Get Report

and

Xilinx

(XLNX) - Get Report

yesterday, the

Philadelphia Stock Exchange Semiconductor Index

dropped 10.1%.

Expected Earnings Reports

This table includes 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.

* = Possibly reporting

Economic Data

(

Forecasts are from

Reuters

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

TSC's

TheStreet Recommends

Economic Databank.

)

  • 7 a.m.: Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ended Friday. Source: Mortgage Bankers Association. Refinancing Index. Forecast: N/A. Previous: 470.6. Purchase Index. Forecast: N/A. Previous: 320.4.
  • 1:30 p.m.: TIPS auction. Source: Bureau of the Public Debt. The Treasury announces the results of its auction of 30-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, or TIPS, at which $5 billion of securities will be sold, with bids due at 1 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m.: Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended Saturday. Source: Money Magazine and ABC News. Forecast: N/A. Previous: 29.

Speeches, Testimony & Miscellany

The

Security Traders Association

holds its annual meeting.

Securities and Exchange Commission

Chairman Arthur Levitt will attend. Members of the

New York Stock Exchange and the

Nasdaq Stock Market are also scheduled to participate.

Vice President

Al Gore

and Texas Gov.

George W. Bush

meet for the second of three presidential debates.