Even though the bulk of fourth-quarter earnings have hit the Street, some significant companies will report this week.
Analysts not only expect computer parts distributor Ingram Micro to post a profit, but they will also pay attention to widely followed companies like 24/7 Media and Winstar Communications.
Intel will hold a conference in San Jose this week to promote its products to hardware and software developers. The chipmaking giant plans to unveil the design of its McKinley processor for servers, even though the chip will not appear in machines until 2002.
Among other highlights, Intel and BeComm, which makes media applications for Internet appliances, will show off a prototype of an Intel-branded Web-surfing pad.
Memory will likely be another hot topic. Although the Pentium 4 works only with Rambus memory, Intel has already said it will come out with a "Brookdale" chipset that allows PC makers to couple the chip with different kinds of chip designs.
On the other coast, Jupiter Research will conduct a conference in New York City that will focus on how old media companies can make money on the Internet through content and commerce.
Other events scheduled this week:
Monday, Feb. 26
- The Intel Developer Forum conference will take place at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., Feb. 26-March 1. The conference is geared toward hardware and software developers. Speakers will include Intel CEO Craig Barrett.
- The eBusiness Forum Europe will take place at the Amsterdam RAI Conference Center in the Netherlands, Feb. 26-28. The Forrester Research-sponsored event will focus on the business-to-business industry in Europe.
- The Sybase
Open will take place at the San Jose Arena, San Jose, Calif., Feb. 26-March 4. The tennis tournament will feature top-ranked players such as Andre Agassi and Mark Philippoussis.
- InfoSec World 2001 will take place in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 26-28. The conference features workshops and exhibits for technology professionals that will focus
on Internet security.
Tuesday, Feb. 27
- Internet.com will sponsor a free Breakfast Forum that
will take place at the Mcgraw Hill Conference Center in New York City on Feb 27. The event features a panel of venture capitalists who will discuss issues facing the Internet industry.
- Silicon Alley 2001 will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City, Feb. 28-March 2. The conference will address how the Internet and wireless
industries have affected finance, advertising, technology,
consulting services and media. Speakers include RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser and DoubleClick CEO Kevin Ryan.
- The Jupiter Media Forum will take place at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in New York City, Feb. 28 and March 2. The event will address how offline and
online media properties can capitalize on the Internet as a profitable vehicle for consumer content and commerce. Keynote speakers include CBS Television CEO Leslie Moonves and AOL Time Warner COO Bob Pittman.
Monday, Feb. 26
- Comcast develops, manages and operates hybrid fiber-coaxial broadband cable communications networks. Per-share consensus
estimate: loss of 16 cents a share for the fourth quarter.
- 24/7 Media provides advertising for Web sites.
Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 43 cents for the fourth quarter.
- Take-Two Interactive Software makes games for home
computer systems. Per-share consensus estimate: profit of 24 cents for the first fiscal quarter.
- Cable Design Technologies makes copper and fiber-optic
cables for networks. Per-share consensus estimate: profit of 29 cents for the second fiscal quarter.
- Luminant Worldwide is an Internet consulting firm.
Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 3 cents for the fourth quarter.
- Winstar Communications provides local and long-distance voice, Internet access and data transport to local phone markets. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of $2.69 for the fourth quarter.
- Telefonica provides communication services in Spain and
Portugal. Per-share consensus estimate: N/A.
- Procom Technology makes hardware and software for
storage networks. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 7 cents for fiscal second quarter.
- Breakaway Solutions is an Internet consulting firm. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 26 cents for the fourth quarter.
- DSL.net provides high-speed Internet access to small cities. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 55 cents for the fourth quarter.
- Ingram Micro distributes computer parts to original equipment makers. Per-share consensus estimate: profit of 38 cents for the fourth quarter.
- OmniSky provides Internet access for wireless handheld devices. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 56 cents for the fourth quarter.
- Rainbow Technologies makes encryption and security
software. Per-share consensus estimate: profit of 12 cents for the fourth quarter.
- 360networks provides fiber-optic communication services to telecom companies. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 11 cents for the fourth quarter.
- Caldera Systems makes Linux-based software for PCs and Web servers. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 21 cents for the fiscal first quarter.
- Tickets.com provides tickets for entertainment, sports and travel events online. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 23 cents for the fourth quarter.
- Intermedia Communications provides voice and data communication services to business and government organizations. Per-share
consensus estimate: loss of $4 for the fourth quarter.
- Utilicom makes communication network software. Per-share consensus estimate: profit of 7 cents for the fourth quarter.
Monday, Feb. 26
- The National Association of Realtors reports Existing Home Sales, or the number of homes sold nationwide, for the month of January.
Economists watch such data for indications of the strength of housing demand and of the overall economy, reasoning that the more homes, cars and other
high-ticket items consumers buy, the hotter the economy is. In December, 4.87 million homes were sold.
- Consumer Confidence will be reported by the Conference Board for
the month of February. This figure, measured by an index, represents consumer sentiment toward the economy. Last month, the index dropped to
114.4, falling for the fourth consecutive month.
- The Commerce Department will release New Home Sales figures for January that represent the number of new homes sold in the United States. The report is used by analysts to measure demand in the economy. In December, the
government reported 975,000 were sold.
- Data on Durable Goods Orders represents the number of big-ticket items purchased, such as washing machines and refrigerators. The Commerce
Department will report advance figures for January, which may be revised at
a later date. Last month, orders rose by 2.1 percent.
- The Commerce Department will report updated Gross Domestic
Product numbers for the fourth quarter of 2000. GDP represents the
nation's total output of goods and services. The government previously said GDP rose 1.4 percent for the fourth quarter, a drop from the third quarter's
increase of 2.2 percent. Final GDP numbers for the quarter will come out next month.
- Personal income shows the monthly percentage change in household
income. The Commerce Department will release data for January. The number
rose 0.4 percent in December.
- The National Association of Purchasing Managers will release the Purchasing Managers Index for the month of February. The index tracks
how many hard goods were purchased by purchasing managers in manufacturing
industries. The PMI fell for the sixth consecutive month to 41.2 percent in January.
- Construction spending is the percentage change in the dollar
amount spent on building newly completed structures. The Commerce Department
will announce figures for January. In December, spending increased 0.6 percent.