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.

)

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):

  • 10:30 a.m.: eToys (ETYS) , PRI Automation (PRIA) , Spectra-Physics Lasers (SPLI) .
  • 11 a.m.: Ericsson (ERICY) , Apex (APEX) - Get Report, Digital Insight (DGIN) , Metalink (MTLK) .
  • 11:30 a.m.: Alcatel (ALA) , Checkpoint Systems (CKP) , uBid (UBID) , FSI International (FSII) .
  • Noon: Sun Microsystems (SUNW) - Get Report, SCI Systems (SCI) - Get Report, International Rectifier (IRF) , Proxim (PROX) .
  • 12:45 p.m.: Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch (TMCS) , Conexant Systems (CNXT) - Get Report, JDA Software (JDAS) .
  • 1:15 p.m.: BroadVision (BVSN) - Get Report, Quantum-DSS Group (DSS) - Get Report, GaSonics (GSNX) .
  • 1:45 p.m.: Network Associates (NETA) , Fatbrain.com (FATB) .
  • 2:15 p.m.: NetRatings (NTRT) , Exar (EXAR) .
  • 2:45 p.m.: ATMI (ATMI) .
  • 3:15 p.m.: Lunch speaker: J. William Conner, president, enterprise solutions, at Nortel Networks (NT) .
  • 5:10 p.m.: SciQuest.com (SQST) , Anadigics (ANAD) .
  • 5:40 p.m.: Open Market (OMKT) , Pomeroy Computer Resources (PMRY) .
  • 6:10 p.m.: theglobe.com (TGLO) .
  • 6:40 p.m.: Cerprobe (CRPB) .