From Reuters.com

The day ahead: Thursday

December 2, 2009

When U.S. retail chains report November sales, investors will learn whether they have gone far enough to protect profits against a weak start to the holiday shopping season.

The day ahead: Wednesday

December 1, 2009

Indications of what markets might expect from Friday’s non-farm payrolls report could emerge from the ADP National Employment private sector survey and the November Challenger Layoff report.

The day ahead: Tuesday

November 30, 2009

Major automakers are expected to report flat U.S. auto sales for November from a year ago — another sign the industry is on the mend after a bruising downturn that forced extensive restructuring earlier this year. Read preview here.

The day ahead: Wednesday

November 24, 2009

October orders for durable goods are expected to show a modest rise of 0.5 percent. If the forecast is correct, it would be the third rise in four months and show that demand was picking up for big-ticket items.

The day ahead: Friday

November 19, 2009

D.R. Horton, the second-largest U.S. homebuilder, reports its fourth quarter and fiscal year results. Investors will listen for any comments on the builder’s order trends and commentary as they try to discern whether the nascent housing market recovery will buoy the new home sector.

The day ahead: Thursday

November 18, 2009

Dell reports quarterly results for the first time as the No. 3 maker of personal computers — unfamiliar territory for a company that not so long ago was the world’s largest PC maker.

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The day ahead: Tuesday

November 16, 2009

Home Depot reports quarterly earnings. The top home improvement chain has been banking on a slow-but-steady growth strategy and cost cuts to fight lackluster demand for big-ticket remodeling projects.

The day ahead: Thursday

November 11, 2009

Wal-Mart sales numbers will hold the spotlight along with results from Walt Disney and Anheuser-Busch InBev.

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The day ahead: Wednesday

November 10, 2009

At the Reuters Health Summit expect exclusive interviews from the CEO’s of Pfizer, Humana and Novo Nordisk.

The day ahead: Tuesday

November 9, 2009

At the Reuters Health Summit expect exclusive interviews with Merck CEO Richard Clark, AstraZeneca CEO David Brennan and Tenet CEO Trevor Fetter.