The day ahead: Wednesday


The ADP employment report and final numbers on second-quarter GDP are among the highlights expected on Wednesday.

*  The ADP National Employment Report for September is expected to show private employers cut far fewer jobs than in August.

*  The final estimate on second-quarter GDP figures should confirm that the country suffered a 1.2 percent contraction in economic growth over the summer.

*  The Reuters Global Restructuring Summit continues in New York and London. The Central European Investment Summit wraps up in Vienna.

The Day Ahead: Tuesday

Sportswear giant Nike is expected to report first-quarter results, while Washington financial regulators will be busy with meetings all week.

*Nike reports first-quarter results. The company expects revenues to be lower than in its year-ago quarter amid the sluggish worldwide economy.

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The day ahead: Friday


Amongst statements from the G20 talks on nurturing the fragile economic recovery, investors will be eyeing results from KB Home and durable goods orders data.

*  Leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies conclude their meeting in Pittsburgh.

The day ahead: Thursday


News from the G20 meeting will dominate the news but vying for attention will be results from Research In Motion and existing home sales data.

*  Leaders of the Group of 20 countries meet in Pittsburgh, their third gathering since the collapse of investment bank Lehman Brothers a year ago.

The day ahead: Wednesday


Apart from the FOMC decision,  Wednesday’s highlights include two U.S. IPOs and results from General Mills.

*  The Federal Open Market Committee is expected to hold the target range for overnight interest rates steady at zero to 0.25 percent until at least 2010.