Earnings will again be in focus Wednesday as a number of key companies are set to release their numbers on the tail end of the quarterly reporting season.
Among the big names awaiting investors are
Polo Ralph Lauren
, and you've got a fairly active day.
As for the economic news, third-quarter productivity, wholesale inventories, consumer credit and petroleum stocks for the week ended Nov. 2 are expected.
governors are planning to speak. Frederic Mishkin will discuss the availability of credit to small businesses at the House of Representatives, and Kevin Warsh will talk about financial markets at the New York Association for Business Economists Luncheon.
, senior writer Scott Moritz will preview Cisco's earnings and tell you what to look for when the networker reports after the close.
Columnist Brett Arends will examine
, and he'll discuss the chances of the stock hitting $1,000. Also, he'll explain what that would mean for investors and the company's staffers.