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THE FCC

Nov. 27

The Federal Communications Commission holds a hearing expected to include proposals on cable television regulation. It may consider a limit on market penetration for operators and new laws covering negotiations between cable operators and programmers.

BANK OF MONTREAL

Nov. 27, 2 p.m. EST

The Bank of Montreal's (BMO) fiscal fourth-quarter results will take a big hit from a $325 million writedown on holdings of asset-backed debt and other trading losses. The National Bank of Canada, which states earnings on Nov. 30, is also taking a major writedown.

JAPAN'S VITAL SIGNS

Nov. 27, 6:50 p.m. EST

October retail sales is one of several reports that may affect monetary policy. Industrial output, inflation, employment, and construction data also come out. Economists see tepid fourth-quarter economic growth, which may keep the Bank of Japan (BNJAF) from hiking interest rates anytime soon.

U.S. HOUSING

Nov. 28, 10 a.m. EST

More bad news from the housing sector is expected as October existing home sales probably fell for an eighth straight month. New home sales data and two reports on home prices are also likely to show worsening conditions.

FOOD FOR THE FED

Nov. 28, 2 p.m. EST

A key report for monetary policymakers is published by the Federal Reserve. The Beige Book, a roundup of anecdotal reports on economic activity, is coming out two weeks before the Dec. 11 monetary policy meeting.

SEARS HOLDINGS

Nov. 29, 8:30 a.m. EST

The owner of Sears (SHLD) and Kmart (SHLD) stores releases third-quarter earnings. The company reported weak second-quarter numbers caused by narrower profit margins and softer sales. But conditions could get more challenging with soaring energy costs and weak holiday sales.

DELL

Nov. 29, 4 p.m. EST

The computer maker is making a comeback. Results could show a third straight quarter of accelerating sales on strong global demand. On Nov. 19, Dell (DELL) unveiled an all-in-one desktop aimed at taking on Apple (AAPL).

INDIA'S ECONOMY

Nov. 30, 1:30 a.m. EST

Real gross domestic product probably slowed in the third quarter. A stronger rupee and softer global economic growth worldwide are slowing exports, while higher interest rates are cooling domestic activity.

EURO ZONE INFLATION

Nov. 30, 5 a.m. EST

Surging energy prices will drive November inflation higher. Higher energy costs are also likely to dent November readings of consumer, factory, and service-sector sentiment.

TIFFANY & CO.

Nov. 30, 8:30 a.m. EST

It may be a happy holiday for the luxury retailer. A weaker dollar is proving to be a boon, attracting foreigners eager to buy big-ticket items. Tiffany (TIF) issues third-quarter results after upping sales and profits estimates for the year.


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