)Mon. Oct. 29, 12 p.m. EDTThe consumer-electronics retailer reports third-quarter results--eagerly awaited by investors. After dispiriting second-quarter sales, shares are off 22%.
IMPERIAL TOBACCO (ITY
)Tues. Oct. 30, 8 a.m. EDTThe British cigarette maker issues preliminary fiscal year results. After Imperial agreed to divest some brands, the Euro-pean Commission cleared the purchase of Spain's Altadis on Oct. 18.
LIZ CLAIBORNE (LIZ
)Tues. Oct. 30, 10 a.m. EDTThe apparel company releases third-quarter results. Its stock hit a 52-week low on Oct. 23. On Oct. 11 it tapped a former Gap (GPS
) executive to be co-president and creative director of Kate Spade.
BANK OF JAPANWed. Oct. 31The BOJ discusses monetary policy and releases its semiannual Outlook for Economic Activity and Prices report. The overnight call rate is expected to stay at 0.5%.
EURO ZONE INFLATIONWed. Oct. 31, 6 a.m. EDTInitial October inflation data are released. Consumer prices picked up to a yearly rate of 2.1% in September on higher energy prices.
)Wed. Oct. 31, 8 a.m. EDTThe troubled telecom-equipment giant presents third-quarter results and an accelerated turnaround plan that the board is expected to talk about on Oct. 30.
U.S. ECONOMIC GROWTHWed. Oct. 31, 8:30 a.m. EDTThird-quarter real gross domestic product probably grew 3.5% at an annualized pace, driven by resilient consumer spending and a narrower trade deficit. Economists expect slower growth this quarter.
U.S. MONETARY POLICYWed. Oct. 31, 2:15 p.m. EDTA majority of economists expect the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates at 4.75% at its two-day meeting, after cutting by a half percentage point on Sept. 18.
FACTORY ACTIVITYThurs. Nov. 1November begins with a bevy of October factory activity reports highlighted by figures from Britain and the U.S., followed by euro zone data on Nov. 2.
)Thurs. Nov. 1, 11 a.m. EDTThe world's largest oil company presents third-quarter earnings. Shares have risen nearly 20% this year as oil prices hit new highs.
U.S. EMPLOYMENTFri. Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m. EDTOctober payrolls are expected to grow by 95,000, while the jobless rate will probably hold at 4.7%. Job growth has slowed considerably in the year's second half, raising concerns about future consumer spending and the health of the economy.
)Fri. Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m. EDTThe entertainment and media company releases third-quarter results. On Oct. 18, Viacom, Microsoft (MSFT
), News Corp.'s (NWS
) MySpace unit, and other companies O.K.'d a set of rules meant to protect copyrights online.