From Reuters.com

The day ahead: Thursday

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Extending its dominance of Wall Street, Goldman Sachs is expected to report that its profit more than doubled in the third quarter.

*  The market is looking at IBM for signs of improvement in corporate technology spending and comments on the company’s M&A strategy.

*  Google’s earnings are expected to show that the worst of the advertising slump has passed, and that the search engine is seeing a recovery in demand from advertisers.

*  Results are also expected from Citigroup, Harley-Davidson and Advanced Micro Devices.

The day ahead: Wednesday

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JPMorgan results, September retail sales figures and bank regulation are among the highlights expected Wednesday.

*  JPMorgan Chase’s investment bank division is expected to report another stellar quarter, after leading league tables for debt and equity underwriting.

The day ahead: Tuesday

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Earnings season begins in earnest with Dow components Intel and Johnson & Johnson reporting quarterly results.

*  Intel reports what are expected to be relatively strong third quarter earnings.

Audio slideshow: H1N1 vaccine rolls out

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Reuters visited the Boston Children’s Hospital Primary Care Center, where H1N1 vaccines are being offered to patients who are at least two years old and healthy.

The day ahead: Friday

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IPOs remain in the spotlight with Wynn Macau’s debut in Hong Kong. In the U.S., President Obama rallies support for a financial products watchdog.

*  President Barack Obama will seek to rally support for his proposal to create a watchdog agency that would protect consumers from risky financial products.

Graphic: Price of gold

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Graphic: Gold performance

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The day ahead: Thursday

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Great things are not expected from September retail sales data as rising unemployment weighs on consumers.

*  Retailers probably saw sales decline again in September, signaling weak demand leading into the holiday season.

The day ahead: Wednesday

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Third-quarter earnings season kicks off with Dow-component Alcoa. For companies in the S&P 500, expectations are low.

* Companies on the S&P are expected to show an overall earnings decline of almost 25 percent, according to Thomson Reuters research. Reporting on Wednesday are Alcoa, Monsanto, Family Dollar Stores and Costco.

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