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.

*  Campbell Soup reports earnings for the fourth quarter. Watch for signs about how the soup business is doing against lower-priced competitors.

*  An auction is scheduled in Delaware bankruptcy court for Nortel Network’s enterprise business.