Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble (PG) - Get Report steps up to the plate to announce its fiscal first-quarter earnings today.

On the economic front, investors get a heads up on the consumer outlook, with the release of the

Consumer Confidence Index, and on the retail sector, with the publication of the

BTM-UBSW Weekly Chain Store Sales Index and the

Redbook Retail Average report.

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

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Economic Databank.

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  • 8:30 a.m.: APICS Business Outlook Index for September. Source: APICS. Forecast: n.a. Previous: 49.3.
  • 9 a.m.: BTM-UBSW Weekly Chain Store Sales Index for the week ended Saturday. Source: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and UBS Warburg. Forecast: n.a. Previous: -0.2%.
  • 10 a.m.: Consumer Confidence Index for October. Source: Conference Board. Forecast: 140.2. Previous: 141.9.
  • 10 a.m.: Chicago Purchasing Managers' Index for October. Source: National Association of Purchasing Management --Chicago. Forecast: n.a. Previous: 51.4.
  • 10 a.m.: New Home Sales for September. Source: Census Bureau. Forecast: 894,000. Previous: 893,000.
  • 10:30 a.m.: Redbook Retail Average for the month through Saturday, vs. September. Source: LJR Redbook. Forecast: n.a. Previous: +0.4%.