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On Tap Today: Hewlett, Sun, IBM Present at Robbie Conference


The jam-packed Robertson Stephens Tech 2000 conference storms on in San Francisco, with Hewlett-Packard (HWP) , Sun Microsystems (SUNW) - Get Sunworks, Inc. Report, IBM (IBM) - Get International Business Machines Corporation Report and dozens more stepping to the podium.

Elsewhere, the

Chicago Purchasing Managers' Index

will provide a look at manufacturing activity in the great American Midwest, serving as a prelude to tomorrow's

National Association of Purchasing Management

report. And several quiet periods are ending, so expect to hear from brokerages on the recent IPOs' prospects.

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.


Economic Data


Forecasts are from


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

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Economic Databank.


  • 9 a.m.:BTM/Schroder Weekly Chain Store Sales Index for the week ended Feb. 26. Source: Schroder. Forecast: N/A. Previous: +0.2%.
  • 10 a.m.:Chicago Purchasing Managers' Index for February. Source: National Association of Purchasing Management -- Chicago. Forecast: 57.5. Previous: 55.6.
  • 10 a.m.:Consumer Confidence Index for January. Source: Conference Board. Forecast: 143.0. Previous: 144.7.
  • 10:30 a.m.:Redbook Retail Average for the month through Feb. 26, vs. January. Source: LJR Redbook. Forecast: N/A. Previous: +0.8%.

Conferences and Meetings

Robertson Stephens Tech 2000 Conference


Palace Hotel

, San Francisco. Second of four days. Presenting today (times Eastern):

IPO Quiet Periods Expiring


Ben Holmes, who heads

TSC's subsidiary, keeps a close eye on quiet-period expirations every week. For more on quiet periods and why they matter, check out Holmes' refresher on the subject.