The day ahead: Friday


A report on personal income in September is expected to show households remain under pressure and the Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for October is seen falling.

*  Chevron’s results will get a boost from rising oil prices, but weak refining margins and sluggish demand for natural gas are likely to weigh.

*  Earnings are also expected from Sony, Estee Lauder, Weyerhaeuser and NYSE Euronext.