On Tap Today: Jittery Market Gets Retail Sales, PPI Reports

Investors, who are looking for some good news this Friday the 13th, will get earnings news from Automatic Data Processing (AUD) and Boise Cascade (BCC) today.

Also today, the September retail sales report and the September Producer Price Index -- both key economic indicators with the capacity to move markets -- are released.

Expected Earnings Reports

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

* = Possibly reporting
Company Qtr Yr-ago EPS
Friday, Oct. 13
Automatic Data Processing (AUD) 1Q $ 0.23
Boise Cascade (BCC) 3Q $ 0.74
W.W. Grainger* (GWW) 3Q $ 0.49
USA Education* (SLM) 3Q $ 0.67

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.: Retail Sales for September. Source: Census Bureau. Forecast: +0.6%. Previous: +0.2%. Ex-autos. Forecast: +0.5%. Previous: +0.3%.
  • 8:30 a.m.: Producer Price Index for September. Source: Labor Department. Forecast: +0.5%. Previous: +0.3%. Ex-food and energy. Forecast: +0.1%. Previous: +0.1%.
  • 10 a.m.: Consumer Sentiment Index for October. Source: University of Michigan. Forecast: 106.3. Previous: 106.8.

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