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Week ahead: Eyes on Oracle, earnings

The Justice Department's case against Oracle will be closely watched, as will the database giant's earnings report.

    Following are some of the notable technology-related events scheduled for the week of June 13. The antitrust battle between the Justice Department and database giant Oracle resumes this week. The government is looking to block Oracle's $7.7 billion bid to buy rival PeopleSoft.

    Each side in the trial in U.S. District Court in San Francisco gets about two weeks to make its case through testimony from customers, partners and other witnesses.

    Oracle is also scheduled to report fourth-quarter results, in what's shaping up to be a busy week for tech earnings. Other notables posting results include electronics retail stores Best Buy and Circuit City, graphics software maker Adobe Systems and Linux seller Red Hat.

    Confab highlights include an appearance by Internet pioneer Vint Cerf at the E-mail Technology Conference, or ETC, in San Francisco.

    The information was gathered from Thomson First Call, Hoover's Online and CNET News.com Investor.

    Events scheduled this week:

    Tech Events

    Monday, June 14

    • Security conference NetSec 2004 will feature speaker Whitfield Diffie, chief security officer for Sun Microsystems. June 14-16, San Francisco.

    • PlanetStorage 2004 looks at the costs of regulatory compliance, security and new technologies. Notable speakers include Tom Gardner, who co-created investment information site The Motley Fool. June 14-17, Las Vegas.

    Tuesday, June 15

    Wednesday, June 16

    • Hailed as the father of the Internet, Vint Cerf will be one of the guest speakers at ETC, the E-mail Technology Conference and Solutions Showcase, June 16-18 in San Francisco.

    Earnings

    Tuesday, June 15

    • Oracle is a maker of database software. It's expected to report a fourth-quarter profit of 18 cents a share.

    • Circuit City Stores, a consumer electronics retail chain, is expected to report a first-quarter loss of 7 cents a share.

    Wednesday, June 16

    • Consumer electronics chain Best Buy is expected to report a first-quarter profit of 33 cents a share.

    • Jabil Circuit designs and manufactures electronic circuit board assemblies. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 26 cents a share.

    Thursday, June 17

    • Software maker Adobe Systems is expected to report a second-quarter profit of 42 cents a share.

    • Red Hat sells a version of the Linux operating system, along with related products. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 4 cents a share

    Economic Reports

    Monday, June 14

    • Retail Sales measures total receipts from U.S. stores. Growth for May is expected to increase 1 percent, from 0.5 percent in April.

    Thursday, June 17

    • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. Briefing.com expects the total to dip to 330,000 for the week ended June 12, from 352,000 the previous week.

    • Leading Economic Indicators summarizes previously reported totals such as building permits and unemployment claims. It's expected to increase 0.4 percent for May, compared with April's 0.1 percent.