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

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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

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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.

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Economic Data

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Forecasts are from

Reuters

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

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TSC's

Economic Databank.

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  • 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

(TheStreet.com's

Ben Holmes, who heads

TSC's

ipoPros.com 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.

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