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On Tap Today: Darden, FedEx Report; August Housing Starts Released


Amid concerns that weakening European currencies and rising oil prices are going to eat into corporate profits, investors will keep an eye on this week's round of conferences for earnings tidbits from participating companies.

On the East Coast, it's day two of the

SG Cowen 28th Annual Fall Technology Conference

and out West, the second day of the

Banc of America Securities Investment Conference

is underway. (


is tracking the BofA confab in a separate


In the earnings spotlight,

Darden Restaurants

(DRI) - Get Report



(FDX) - Get Report

are slated to post their results.

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


Forecasts are from


TST Recommends

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


Economic Databank.


  • 8:30 a.m.: Housing starts for August. Source: Census Bureau. Forecast: 1.535M. Previous: 1.512M. Building permits. Forecast: 1.51M. Previous: 1.497M.
  • 9 a.m.: BTM Weekly U.S. Retail Chain Store Sales Index for the week ended Saturday. Source: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. Forecast: n.a. Previous: +0.3%.
  • 10:30 a.m.: Redbook Retail Average for the month through Saturday, vs. August. Source: LJR Redbook. Forecast: n.a. Previous: +1.3%.

IPO Lockups Expiring


Ben Holmes, who heads

TSC's 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's

IPO data section.


Conferences and Meetings


SG Cowen 28th Annual Fall Technology Conference

, Boston. Second of four days. Companies presenting include:


Banc of America Securities Investment Conference

, San Francisco. Second of five days. Companies presenting include: