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shrugging off a potential bomb from



yesterday, the market will have its hands full again today as a host of big-time companies issue their quarterly profit results.

Most notable among the masses are Internet and media giant

AOL-Time Warner


, PC maker

Apple Computer


, Old Economy mainstay

General Motors


, techie



and financials

J.P. Morgan Chase



Merrill Lynch



According to research firm

Thomson Financial/First Call

, AOL-Time Warner is expected to post first-quarter earnings of 20 cents a share, which would match its year-ago EPS. Ahead of earnings, the company said that the subscription base for its

America Online

service has exceeded 29 million users worldwide.

Shares of AOL traded up 59 cents, or 1.4%, to $43.90 yesterday.

Check out our

complete list of today's earnings announcements.

In economic news, the February

international trade report and the

leading economic indicators for March are slated for release. With neither expected to have much of an impact on the market, look for the hefty earnings lineup to receive Wall Street's undivided attention.

Economic Data


Forecasts are from


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


Economic Databank.


  • 7 a.m.: Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ended April 14. Source: Mortgage Bankers Association. Forecast: n.a. Previous: 2427.6. Purchase Index: Forecast: n.a. Previous: 304.6.
  • 8:30 a.m.: International trade for February. Source: Commerce Department. Forecast: -$32.91B. Previous: -$33.26B.
  • 9 a.m.: Treasury buyback Source: Bureau of the Public Debt. The Treasury announces the details of tomorrow's reverse auction.
  • 10 a.m.: Leading economic indicators for March. Source: Conference Board. Forecast: -0.3%. Previous: -0.2%.
  • 9 a.m.:Treasury auction announcement. Source: Bureau of the Public Debt. The Treasury announces the size of its next monthly two-year note auction, next Wednesday.
  • 6:30 p.m.: Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended April 14. Source: ABC News and Money Magazine. Forecast: n.a. Previous: 5.