The pace of earnings picks up speed in the coming week. Bellwether earnings reports across a swath of sectors should confirm or contradict Wall Street's high hopes for the third-quarter earnings season.

The earnings season already has delivered a mixed bag even with just the handful of companies issuing their reports. Citigroup Inc. (C) , JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM)  and Bank of America Corp. (BAC) beat earnings estimates even as they dealt with an expected decline in trading revenue. Meanwhile, Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) sold off on Friday, Oct. 13, after litigation costs made for disappointing quarterly earnings.

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Even so, analysts were generally positive over the earnings season. Those surveyed by Thomson Reuters anticipate earnings growth of 4.4% in the third quarter, or 2.3% excluding energy. Revenue is expected to rise by 4.4%.

"I'm optimistic," said Joe Heider, president at Cirrus Wealth Management, in a call. "I think we'll see a continued positive earnings season which will support the market continuing its bull run... Despite all the noise of Washington, the economy itself and the private sector have done very well."

On the earnings calendar in the coming week, Netflix Inc. (NFLX) will report on Monday, Oct. 16; CSX Corp. (CSX) , Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) , Harley-Davidson Inc. (HOG) , Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) , Progressive Corp. (PGR)  and UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH) on Tuesday, Oct. 17; Alcoa Corp. (AA) , American Express Co. (AXP)  and U.S. Bancorp (USB) on Wednesday, Oct. 18; Alliance Data Systems Corp.  (ADS) , AthenaHealth Inc. (ATHN) , Dover Corp. (DOV) , KeyCorp (KEY) , Phillip Morris International Inc. (PM)  and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) on Thursday, Oct. 19; and General Electric Co.  (GE) , Kansas City Southern (KSU)  and Schlumberger Ltd. (SLB) on Friday, Oct. 20. 

Will Netflix deliver?
Will Netflix deliver?

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The economic calendar for the week includes: the Empire State Manufacturing Survey for October on Monday; import and export prices and industrial production for September, and the housing market index for October on Tuesday; housing starts for September on Wednesday; the Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook Survey for October on Thursday; and existing home sales for September on Friday.

Finally, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will speak at the NEC Herbert Stein Memorial Lecture and Annual Members Dinner on Friday. Markets still believe the Fed will hike interest rates again at its December meeting, according to CME Group fed funds futures. However, investors will be keen to gauge the pace of hikes next year, particularly in light of soft inflation trends. 

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