From Reuters.com

The day ahead: Tuesday

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The Case/Shiller index of housing prices probably improved by 1.4 percentage points to a fall of 11.9 percent in August, extending its recovery from the record low of minus-19 percent set in January.

*  Also due is consumer confidence data for October, which is seen coming in flat at 53.1.

*  BP is expected to kick off the busiest week of results for global oil majors with a 64 percent fall in net profit, as the industry banks on rebounding oil prices to offset dismal refining results.

*  Visa, the world’s largest payment network, is expected to report higher quarterly earnings, as credit-strapped consumers used their debit cards more and expenses declined.

The day ahead: Friday

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Reuters takes an in-depth look at Calpers, the biggest U.S. public pension fund. Find out how the fund is dealing with heavy losses from its plunge into alternative investments.

*  Microsoft’s first quarter results are due, a day after its much-heralded launch of Windows 7.

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The day ahead: Wednesday

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Expect results from sector heavyweights McDonald’s, AT&T, Merck, 3M and Amazon.com.

*  Microsoft launches Windows 7, hoping the new operating system will erase the memory of Vista.

The day ahead: Wednesday

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Morgan Stanley is expected to break a string of three straight quarterly losses when it reports results but is likely to struggle to match the strong earnings of rival Goldman Sachs.

*  Boeing is expected to report a third-quarter loss tied to charges related to delays for its 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 freighter aircraft.

The day ahead: Tuesday

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Earnings season is in full swing with results expected from Caterpillar, Yahoo, Pfizer and Coca-Cola.

*  In its first quarterly earnings report since announcing the Microsoft search deal, Yahoo will provide important updates about its core display advertising business.

The day ahead: Friday

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Investors have bid up General Electric shares to almost triple their March lows but the largest U.S. conglomerate will have to deliver solid quarterly results for the stock to rise much further.

*  Bank of America may update investors on its search for a new CEO – or at least an “emergency” or “interim” replacement for Ken Lewis when it reports results. Mattel and Halliburton also report quarterly results.

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