The day ahead: Friday


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.

*  The Federal Reserve’s September Industrial Production report will probably show a moderation in output to 0.2 percent.

*  Friday is the deadline for an indictment in the case of a Goldman Sachs programmer accused of stealing trade secrets.