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The week ahead: Oracle, Adobe report earnings

Analysts will be watching Oracle's earnings closely following the resignation in early July of Ray Lane, the company's second-in-command.

    Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of Sept. 11 to Sept. 15.

    Oracle and Adobe Systems are scheduled to announce earnings this Thursday.

    Analysts will be watching Oracle's earnings closely following the resignation in early July of Ray Lane, the company's second-in-command. Analysts surveyed by First Call/Thomson Financial estimate Oracle will earn 13 cents per share.

    Adobe Systems is expected to announce earnings of 52 cents per share.

    Next week, investment banks will also host a series of technology conferences, and Hewlett-Packard will hold a conference all week in Philadelphia.

    The information was gathered from First Call/Thomson Financial, CCBN's StreetEvents, Hoovers.com and CNET Investor.

    Other events this week include:

    Monday, Sept. 11

    Earnings:

    Solectron builds electronic systems and subsystems for clients in such industries as computers, consumer electronics, communications and semiconductor manufacturing. Per-share consensus estimate: 26 cents.

    Dense-Pac Microsystems makes computer memory modules by stacking and connecting chips to provide greater memory without taking up more board space. Per-share consensus estimate: 1 cent.

    Other events:

    Credit Suisse First Boston eBusiness Technology Conference is scheduled to take place in Pasadena, Calif., beginning Sept. 10 and ending Sept. 14.

    Opal Financial Group Institutional Capital Investing Forum is scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., from Monday through Wednesday.

    Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Latin America Conference will take place in London on Monday and Tuesday.

    Dain Rauscher Wessels Technology 2000 Conference will take place in Scottsdale, Ariz., from Monday to Thursday.

    Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette Growth Stock Conference will take place in New York City from Monday to Thursday.

    The HP World 2000 conference is scheduled to take place in Philadelphia from Monday to Thursday. Hewlett-Packard executives and others will present product plans, security issues and initiatives from HP and its business partners.

    Tuesday, Sept. 12

    Earnings:

    Standard Microsystems makes input and output integrated circuits for PCs. Per-share consensus estimate: 8 cents.

    Best Buy sells consumer electronics in stores across the country. Per-share consensus estimate: 34 cents.

    National Technical Systems provides technical services to analyze the reliability of components in motor vehicles, missiles and other products. Per-share consensus estimate: N/A.

    Carreker provides the banking industry with consulting services, software systems and software implementation. Per-share consensus estimate: 15 cents.

    Other events:

    Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will unveil next-generation "Superdome," a high-end Unix server.

    The Nasdaq & Amex Investor Relations Conference for Financial Institutions is scheduled to take place in New York from Tuesday to Wednesday.

    Healtheon/WebMD's shareholders meeting is scheduled to take place in Atlanta on Tuesday.

    The Credit Suisse First Boston Annual Emerging European Conference is scheduled to take place in New York Tuesday to Thursday.

    Medical Manager's shareholders meeting is scheduled to take place in New York on Tuesday.

    CareInsite's shareholders meeting is scheduled to take place in New York on Tuesday.

    OnHealth Network's shareholders meeting is scheduled to take place in Seattle on Tuesday.

    Wednesday, Sept. 13

    Earnings:

    Osicom Technologies makes networking equipment. Per-share consensus estimate: N/A.

    Dallas Semiconductor makes products to enhance broadband telecommunications systems, Internet security, data storage devices, base stations and cellular phones. Per-share consensus estimate: 40 cents.

    FactSet Research Systems provides databases of online financial information from more than 40 sources, including Edgar SEC filings, Compustat and Dow Jones. Per-share consensus estimate: 20 cents.

    Fatbrain.com sells professional books, product manuals and research reports online. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 79 cents.

    Other events:

    FuelCell will splits its stock 2-for-1.

    The Global Privacy Summit 200 will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., between Wednesday and Friday. The conference will include corporate executives and government bureaucrats concerned about online privacy.

    Thursday, Sept. 14

    Economic reports:

    Retail Sales are expected to have grown 0.3 percent for the month of August, down from 0.7 percent growth in July. This would signify that people are purchasing fewer goods, a sign that the economy is slowing.

    The Producer Price Index is expected to have grown 0.1 percent. This index tracks the cost of what manufacturers pay for raw goods to make products.

    Initial Claims refers to the number of people who filed for unemployment benefits. This number is expected to have fallen to 315,000 from 316,000.

    Earnings:

    Oracle makes database management systems software, which lets multiple users and applications access the same data simultaneously. Per-share consensus estimate: 13 cents.

    Tektronix makes test and measurement equipment. Per-share consensus estimate: 46 cents.

    Globecomm Systems makes satellite ground segment systems and networks that provide broadcast services and some military uses. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 24 cents.

    Adobe Systems makes desktop publishing software including Photoshop, Illustrator and PageMaker. The company's Acrobat Reader uses portable document format (PDF). Per-share consensus estimate: 52 cents.

    Other events:

    The ChangeMusic San Francisco conference, sponsored by CMJ, focuses on the Internet radio market and new media technology that has been affecting Bay Area artists and labels. The conference runs Thursday through Sunday with headquarters at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco.

    Friday, Sept. 15

    The Consumer Price Index is expected to have grown 0.2 percent. This index tracks the cost of goods to consumers from oil and gas to fruits and vegetables.