The Week Ahead

February 13, 2005

A weekly briefing on the economic calendar

Event of the week

Wal-Mart earnings released Thursday. The world's largest retailer posted earnings of 63 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2003;

Morningstar.com estimates earnings at 73 cents per share for fourth-quarter 2004.

Tuesday

Retail sales for January; business inventories for December

Earnings reports: Deere & Co., Fidelity National, MCI, Medco Health Solutions, Omnicom, Qwest, Westwood One, Abercrombie & Fitch, First Energy, Nordstrom

Wednesday

Housing starts and building permits for January; industrial production for January

Earnings reports: Administaff, Caremark Rx, Coca-Cola, Cooper Tire, InterActiveCorp, Moody's, Wendy's, Hewlett- Packard, Medtronic

Thursday

Imort and export prices for January; leading indicators for January

Earnings reports: E-Loan, First Health, Nextel, PG&E, RadioShack, Target, Wal-Mart, Nicor, Nvidia, Priceline.com

Friday

Producer Price Index and core PPI for January; preliminary University of Michigan consumer sentiment report for February

Earnings reports: Campbell Soup, Zale

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