The day ahead: Thursday


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.