October's employment report captures Wall Street's attention today. Considered the single best measure of the health of the economy, the report contains information about both job and wage growth.

On the earnings front, food giant

Unilever

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is among the few companies expected to post third-quarter results today.

Expected Earnings Reports

This table includes S&P 500 companies only. Dates are as expected according to First Call/Thomson Financial, and may change.

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 October. Source: Labor Department. Forecast: +184,000. Previous: +252,000.
  • 8:30 a.m.: Average hourly earnings for October. Source: Labor Department. Forecast: +0.3%. Previous: +0.2%.
  • 8:30 a.m.: Uemployment rate for October. Source: Labor Department. Forecast: 4.0%. Previous: 3.9%.
  • 8:30 a.m.: Augmented unemployment rate for October. Source: Labor Department. Forecast: n.a. Previous: 6.8%.
  • 8:30 a.m.: Pool of available workers for October. Source: Labor Department. Forecast: n.a. Previous: 9.826M.
  • 9:40 a.m.: Future inflation gauge for October. Source: Economic Cycle Research Institute. Forecast: n.a. Previous: 120.2.
  • 10 a.m.: Factory orders for September. Source: Census Bureau. Forecast: +0.9%. Previous: +2.0%.
  • 10 a.m.: Purchasing Managers' Non-Manufacturing Index for October. Source: National Association of Purchasing Management. Forecast: n.a. Previous: 62.