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Off to the races!

Third-quarter earnings season begins in earnest today, with tech companies






, and



among those reporting results.

No doubt Yahoo! -- an Internet bellwether -- will attract a ton of investor attention today. Back in August,

Lehman Brothers

analyst Holly Becker said that it was only a matter of time before the slowdown in dot-com spending would affect Yahoo!'s results. A follow-up article in

The Wall Street Journal

echoed Becker's worries that the tech stock would suffer from a slowdown in online advertising.

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Yesterday, Yahoo! traded as low as $75.50 -- a 52-week low -- before recovering to gain $4.50, or 5.5%, to $85.75.

previewed Yahoo!'s earnings report in a

story yesterday.

On the economic front, two weekly retail reports, the

BTM Weekly U.S. Retail Chain Store Sales Index and the

Redbook Retail Average, give Wall Street a heads-up on consumer spending.

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


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


Economic Databank.


  • 9 a.m.: BTM Weekly U.S. Retail Chain Store Sales Index for the week ended Saturday. Source: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. Forecast: N/A. Previous: +0.1%.
  • 10:30 a.m.: Redbook Retail Average for the month through Saturday. Source: LJR Redbook. Forecast: N/A. Previous: +0.9%.