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There are several economic reports of note and some significant corporate earnings reports scheduled for release this week.
Economic reports for the week include:
Mon. – Advance Retail Sales, Business Inventories
Tues. – Trade Balance, Producer Price Index, IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism, weekly retail sales
Wed. – Weekly MBA mortgage applications report, Consumer Price Index, Empire Manufacturing, weekly EIA energy inventory report, NET Long-term TIC Flows, Industrial Production, Capacity Utilization, NAHB Housing Market Index
Thur. – Housing Starts, Building Permits, Initial Jobless Claims, Philly Fed
Some of the more noteworthy companies that release quarterly earnings this week are:
Mon. – Blackstone Group(BX), Bob Evans(BOBE), DeVry Inc.(DV), Netease.com(NTES), SYSCO Corp.(SYY)
Tues. – Agilent(A), Applied Materials(AMAT), Dillard’s(DDS), Fortress Investment Group(FIG), Fossil Inc.(FOSL), Harman Intl.(HAR), Home Depot(HD), TJX Cos(TJX), Wal-Mart Stores(WMT)
Wed. – Affiliated Computer Services(ACS), Daktronics(DAKT), Deere(DE), Dick’s Sporting Goods(DKS), Longs Drug(LDG), Macy’s(M), Network Applicance(NTAP), PetSmart Inc.(PETM), Salesforce.com(CRM), Sara Lee(SLE)
Thur. – Autodesk(ADSK), Estee Lauder(EL), Grube & Ellis(GBE), Guess ?(GES), Hewlett-Packard(HPQ), JC Penney(JCP), Kohl’s Corp.(KSS), Nordstrom(JWN), Red Robin(RRGB), Zumiez(ZUMZ)
Fri. – Focus Media(FMCN), JM Smucker(SJM)
Other events that have market-moving potential this week include:
Mon. – Keefe Bruyette & Woods Bank Conference
Tue. – CSFB Communications Conference, UBS Engineering & Construction Conference, Jeffries Industrials Conference, Keefe Bruyette & Woods Bank Conference
Wed. – CSFB Communications Conference, (YUM) Investor Day
Thur. – CSFB Communications Conference, (IVGN) Annual Investor Day
Fri. – None of noteBOTTOM LINE: I expect US stocks to finish the week modestly higher on better-than-expected earnings reports, diminishing forced selling, less hedge fund performance uncertainty, decelerating inflation, bargain-hunting, and short-covering. My trading indicators are giving neutral signals and the Portfolio is 75% net long heading into the week.