The Week Ahead

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February 22, 2004

A weekly briefing on the economic calendar:

Monday

Earnings: Concord EFS, Navistar, Chesapeake Energy.

Tuesday

The Conference Board releases its February survey of 5,000 households to determine the level of consumer confidence. Last month, consumer confidence stood at 96.8, an increase of 5.1 from December.

Earnings reports: Deere, H.J. Heinz, H&R Block, Patina Oil & Gas, Weight Watchers.

Wednesday

National Association of Realtors reports existing-home sales for January. The December report showed an increase of 6.9 percent. This and Thursday's new-home sales reports are considered a decent indicator of activity in the housing sector.

Earnings reports: Imax, United Rentals, A.C. Moore, Kindred Healthcare.

Thursday

Department of Commerce announces January new-home sales. The December figure was down 5.1 percent.

Census Bureau releases its durable goods orders report, showing production of goods whose intended life span is three years or more. December durable goods orders were flat.

Initial unemployment claims for the previous week are released.

Earnings reports: Bradley Pharmaceuticals, Liz Claiborne, Toll Bros., Gap.

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