* Economic optimists should have a few reasons to cheer from durable goods and housing sales figures — neither of which is expected to be worse than the previous month.
* A Senate banking subcommittee examines high-frequency trading, naked access and other recent market developments.
* The impact of the weak economy will loom over the third-quarter results of WellPoint, the largest U.S. health insurer by membership that has been grappling with membership declines as companies lay off workers.
* Also due is consumer confidence data for October, which is seen coming in flat at 53.1.
* Microsoft’s first quarter results are due, a day after its much-heralded launch of Windows 7.
* Boeing is expected to report a third-quarter loss tied to charges related to delays for its 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 freighter aircraft.
* In its first quarterly earnings report since announcing the Microsoft search deal, Yahoo will provide important updates about its core display advertising business.
* 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.