From Reuters.com

The day ahead: Wednesday

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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.

Other highlights:

*  The lead committee on financial regulatory reform in the House of Representatives is expected to approve the last two of eight major regulatory bills.

*  Ford is expected to reveal its highly anticipated new Fiesta small car at the LA Auto Show, which runs through Thursday, while General Motors plans to showcase the U.S. production version of its new Chevrolet Cruze small car.

*  At the third day of the Reuters Media Summit we talk with WPP CEO Martin Sorrell, IAC CEO Barry Diller and Financial Times CEO John Ridding.

The day ahead: Thursday

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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.

Other Highlights:

*  In what promises to be a fiery debate, the Senate Banking Committee begins discussion on Committee Chair Christopher Dodd’s Restoring American Financial Stability Act, a comprehensive bill to reform the financial system.

The day ahead: Thursday

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

Highlights:

*   Wal-Mart is expected to report higher third-quarter earnings, but Wall Street is focused on U.S. sales, which the retailer has stopped reporting on a monthly basis.

The day ahead: Tuesday

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

Other highlights:

* Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner begins a two-day official visit to Japan ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation finance ministers’ meeting in Singapore on Thursday.

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