The Week Ahead: Earnings in Full Swing, Monthly Retail Sales Report

This week, investors will need to fasten their seat belts as it will be a busy week with earnings reports. In a five-day period,  40 percent of the Dow’s components (12 companies) along with 79 of the S&P 500 will share their quarterly numbers.

A few economic reports will steal some of the attention this week including Monday’s U.S. Retail Sales and the Consumer Price Index on Tuesday, along with data on housing and manufacturing later in the week.

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News from abroad could also make headlines with China’s import and export data, a possible request by Spain for financial help and the two-day European Union leadership meetings.

And looming in the background with market watchers is the upcoming Nov. 6 presidential election.

Here’s a look at the week ahead.

Economic Data

Monday: September retail sales, NY Fed October Empire State survey and August business inventories

Tuesday: September consumer price index, September industrial production and September capacity utilization

Wednesday: September housing starts, September building permits and China’s third-quarter GDP

Thursday: Weekly jobless claims, Philly Fed October manufacturing survey, September Leading Index and the two-day meeting with European Union leaders starts

Friday: September existing home sales


Monday: Citigroup (NYSE:C), Gannett Company, Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW), Packaging Corp. of America (NYSE:PKG)

Tuesday: IBM (NYSE:IBM), Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), UnitedHealth (NYSE:UNH), CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX), Delta Air (NYSE:DAL), Forest Labs (NYSE:FRX), PNC Financial (NYSE:PNC), State Street (NYSE:STT), Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT)

Wednesday: Bank of America (NYSE:BAC),  American Express (NYSE:AXP), PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP), Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE:BK), eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY), Abbott Labs (NYSE:ABT), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), Northern Trust (NASDAQ:NTRS), Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL)

Thursday: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Verizon (NYSE:VZ), Travelers (NYSE:TRV), Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD),  Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP), BB&T (NYSE:BBT), Capital One (NYSE:COF), Southwest Air (NYSE:LUV), SanDisk (NASDAQ:SNDK), Philip Morris (NYSE:PM), Nokia (NOK1V.HE), KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY), Chipotle (NYSE:CMG), Boston Sci (NYSE:BSX)

Friday: General Electric (NYSE:GE), McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD), Honeywell (NYSE:HON), Air Products (NYSE:APD), Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Manpower (NYSE:MAN), Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU), Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), Parker-Hannifin (NYSE:PH)

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