The day ahead: Wednesday


Consumer prices data and quarterly results from technology company Oracle are among the highlights expected on Wednesday.

*  A spike in gasoline prices probably lifted consumer prices in August, but the overall inflation picture remains benign as the economy struggles to emerge from recession.

*  Oracle’s quarterly earnings will help investors gauge whether businesses are starting to boost technology spending, as some IT companies have predicted over the course of the summer.

*  At the third day of the Reuters Russia Investment Summit being held in Moscow Reuters speaks with Credit Suisse Head of Private Banking Alexis Rodzianko, Aeroflot General Director Vitaly Savelyev and RTS CEO Roman Goryunov.

The day ahead: Tuesday


On the anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ failure, investors will also be eyeing quarterly results from Best Buy and Adobe Systems.

*  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks on “Reflections on a Year of Crisis on the anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers.

The day ahead: Friday


The stock market may get a boost from consumer sentiment data, which is expected to be higher from the “cash-for-clunkers” program.

*  The Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary reading of consumer sentiment for September is due at 9:55 a.m. EDT.

The day ahead: Thursday


Eyes will be on Motorola as it unveils new phones based on Google’s Android mobile software to boost its slipping market share.

Motorola unveils new phones in San Francisco.

*  The Senate Banking Committee holds a hearing to examine an SEC report that found its personnel assigned to the Bernard Madoff case were at times too inexperienced and resisted whistleblowers.

Choosing a health plan


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The day ahead: Wednesday


Investors will eye Google and Apple as they display their wares and await  the possible return of Apple’s master showman CEO Steve Jobs at a media event.

*  Google is set to brief investors in a Webcast about search and monetization. While the company made its fortune on Internet search ads, Wall Street is increasingly eager for signs that the company’s other money-making bets will pay off.

Graphic: Lab mice replacement


Moths, caterpillars and fruit flies could soon take the place of millions of mice used every year by scientists testing drugs, researchers said Tuesday.

Where in the world is Fuld?


Since the Lehman collapse, former CEO Richard Fuld has been largely out of the public eye, although he has been spotted at “power lunch” restaurants in New York and was interviewed by a Reuters reporter in remote Ketchum, Idaho.

Graphic: Afghan blast