At the height of third-quarter earnings season, profit announcements flood the marketplace today. Companies reporting include BellSouth (BLS) , Coca-Cola (KO) - Get Report and McDonald's (MCD) - Get Report.

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

TST Recommends

Economic Databank.

)

  • 8:30 a.m.: Initial Jobless Claims for the week ended Saturday. Source: Labor Department. Forecast: 307,000. Previous: 306,000. Four-week average: Forecast: N/A. Previous: 301,500.
  • 8:30 a.m.: International Trade for August. Source: Commerce Department. Forecast: -$31.76B. Previous: -$31.89B.
  • 10 a.m.: Philadelphia Fed Index for October. Source: Philadelphia Fed. Forecast: 6.1. Previous: 8.2.
  • 11 a.m.: Treasury buyback. Source: Treasury Department. The Treasury buys from dealers securities specified yesterday.

Speeches & Testimony

9:10 a.m.:

Fed Chairman

Alan Greenspan addresses a

Cato Institute

conference: Monetary Policy in the New Economy.