).SWISS RE (RUKN
)Tues. Nov. 6, 4:30 a.m. ESTThe reinsurer announces third-quarter earnings. A quiet hurricane season should help profits, but fewer claims could lead to lower premiums.ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND ()Tues. Nov. 6, 9 a.m. ESTThe agriculture company presents first-quarter results. Second-quarter profits were strong, although high corn prices and lower ethanol sales are crimping profits.RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIATues. Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. ESTThe central bank is expected to lift interest rates from 6.5% to 6.75%. Future hikes are expected with a strong economy likely to stoke inflation pressures.TOYOTA ()Tues. Nov. 6, 10 p.m. ESTThe automaker will issue semiannual results for fiscal year 2008. On Oct. 27 at the Tokyo Motor Show, it introduced the 1/X hybrid concept car, which is twice as fuel-efficient as the Prius.U.S. LABOR PRODUCTIVITYWed. Nov. 7, 8:30 a.m. ESTProductivity growth in the third quarter probably topped 2% at an annualized rate for a second straight quarter. Such a gain could begin to ease concerns about a slowdown in productivity after weak results in 2006 and earlier this year.EUROPEAN MONETARY POLICYThurs. Nov. 8The Bank of England and European Central Bank hold monetary policy meetings. No interest rate moves are expected. The BOE is looking for signs of economic fallout from the recent financial market turmoil, while the ECB is focusing on high oil prices and inflation pressures.EADSThurs. Nov. 8, 6 a.m. ESTEuropean Aeronautic Defense & Space, maker of Airbus jets, releases nine-month earnings results. The company could face more strikes as the jetmaker proceeds with its restructuring plan.SIEMENSThurs. Nov. 8, 10 a.m. ESTThe German electronics and engineering group issues fiscal year earnings and may also announce a management shakeup.QUALCOMM ()Thurs. Nov. 8, 4:45 p.m. ESTThe company presents fiscal fourth-quarter results. On Oct. 23 it unveiled Gobi, a new mobile Internet technology that should be on sale in the spring of 2008.U.S. FOREIGN TRADEFri. Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m. ESTThe September trade deficit probably widened following a $57.6 billion gap in August. Imports are likely to rise on higher oil prices.