)Nov. 19, 4 p.m. EsTThe medical device maker releases fiscal second-quarter results in the wake of a recall of faulty heart defibrillator wires. That may slash revenues for the quarter by as much as $250 million.NORDSTROM (JWN
)Nov. 19, 4 p.m. EsTThe retailer releases third-quarter earnings. This seller of "accessible" luxury goods has cut its third-quarter profit forecast, and the fourth quarter will be tough, too. The holiday season may be the worst in years, making it harder to clear excess inventory.HEWLETT-PACKARD (HPQ
)Nov. 19, 5 p.m. EsTThe computer maker is getting out of the digital camera market and will take a $30 million charge in the fiscal fourth-quarter report as part of the move. It wants to find a company to create and distribute digital cameras under the HP brand.CANADIAN ECONOMYNov. 20, 7 a.m. EsTOctober consumer prices may jump on rising energy costs. However, a surging Canadian dollar is helping to hold down inflation outside energy. But look for the strong loonie to crimp third-quarter profits as reported by the government on Nov. 22.D.R. HORTON (DHI
)Nov. 20, 8:30 a.m. EsTThe continuing decline in orders for new houses and a cancellation rate on prior orders of nearly 50% should make for some ugly results when the largest U.S. home builder presents its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings.FREDDIE MAC (FRE
)Nov. 20, 8:30 a.m. EsTThe mortgage financing company releases its third-quarter results. On Nov. 9 it announced the extension of Chairman and CEO Richard Syron's contract through 2009. Renewed credit fears and a subpoena by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo pushed the stock price to a seven-year low on Nov. 12.U.S. HOUSING STARTSNov. 20, 8:30 a.m. EsTEconomists expect a decline in October housing starts, one more sign the building plunge has yet to hit bottom.MITSUBISHI UFJNov. 21, 2:30 a.m. EsTInterim fiscal year 2008 earnings for Japan's largest bank will take a hit from a writedown on subprime-related investments. A weaker Japanese economy is expected to put pressure on future profits.U.S. CONSUMER SENTIMENTNov. 21, 10 a.m. EsTThe October index of consumer sentiment fell to its lowest level since 1992--outside of a one-month Hurricane Katrina-related shock. November is expected to be less unfavorable.MILLIONAIRE FAIRNov. 22-25Luxury-goods companies and brands from Audi to mobile phone retailer Vertu show off their wares in Moscow. Several Salvador Dali sculptures will also be on exhibit.EURO ZONE FACTORY ORDERSNov. 22, 5 a.m. EsTA strong euro and a slowing U.S. economy are hurting euro zone manufacturers. September orders may drop even further after orders grew 5.1% from a year ago in August, the smallest gain this year.