It's all about the January

jobs report

today, with economists expecting a solid 255,000 new nonfarm jobs. The markets aren't likely to react much, though, with another jobs report coming before the March 21

Federal Open Market Committee

meeting. (

TheStreet.com

previewed the report in a

story yesterday.)

Elsewhere, there's a tiny Friday smattering of earnings reports, and the

Banc of America Securities Technology Week 2000

conference wraps up in beautiful San Francisco.

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.

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Economic Data

(

Forecasts are from

Reuters

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

TSC's

Economic Databank.

)

  • 8:30 a.m.:Nonfarm payrolls for January. Source: Labor Department. Forecast: +255,000. Previous: +315,000. Unemployment rate: Forecast: 4.1%. Previous: 4.1%. Average hourly earnings: Forecast: +0.3%. Previous: +0.4%. Average workweek: Forecast: 34.5 hours. Previous: 34.5 hours.

Conferences and Meetings

Banc of America Securities Technology Week 2000

,

Ritz-Carlton

, San Francisco. Last of four days. Public companies presenting today (times Eastern):