Aside from yesterday's serving of cold, sloppy weather, all the chatter on Wall Street today will be about networking giant
, which reports earnings for its fiscal second quarter after the closing bell this afternoon.
The San Jose-based company recently
guided analysts' estimates down when it announced that earnings growth for the fiscal year will be between 30% and 50%, as opposed to the 55% to 65% asserted by CEO John Chambers back in early December.
Shares of Cisco traded down 2.6% to finish at $34.56 yesterday.
As for economic data, the
BTM-UBSW Weekly Chain Store Sales Index and the
Redbook Retail Average are set to release at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. respectively. This
dynamic duo has the potential to move markets and should give us the skinny on consumer spending.
And for those with a hankering for IPOs, check out the list below of companies whose lockup periods have expired.
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.
Forecasts are from
. Times are Eastern. For a longer-term economic calendar and more, see
- 9 a.m.:
BTM-UBSW Weekly Chain Store Sales Index for the week ended Feb 3. Source:
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and
UBS Warburg. Forecast: N/A Previous: +0.6%.
Redbook Retail Average for the week ended Feb. 5 vs. January. Source: LJR Redbook Forecast: N/A. Previous: +2.2%.
Treasury refunding Source:
Bureau of the Public Debt. The Treasury announces the results of its five-year note auction, at which $11 billion of securities will be sold, with bids due at 1 p.m. The auction is the first leg of the quarterly refunding, which continues on Wednesday and Thursday.
IPO Lockups Expiring
Michael Falbo, who writes for
ipoPros.com subsidiary, keeps a close eye on lockup expirations every week. For more on lockup expirations and why they matter, check out Ben Holmes' primer on the subject. The full current lockup expiration list is published separately. For information on IPO pricings, filings and aftermarket activity, plus a calendar of upcoming IPOs, check out
IPO data section.
American Medical Systems
U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray
Large Scale Biology
J. P. Morgan