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The week ahead: Wall Street gatherings

Wall Street investment banks will stage gatherings around the country where investors can discuss the fortunes of various sectors of the technology industry.

Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of March 4 through March 8.

Wall Street investment banks will stage gatherings around the country where investors can discuss the fortunes of various sectors of the technology industry.

Credit Suisse First Boston will hold a telecom conference this week in Florida, the state where Bear Sterns will also host a media conference that features presentations from old media companies like Disney and from media companies like AOL Time Warner.

Morgan Stanley also kicks off a chip conference in California where earnings news from National Semiconductor will no doubt be on some investors' minds since the chipmaker will report results Thursday.

Finally, economy watchers will closely watch the government's report on unemployment this Friday when the Labor Department comes out with the employment situation for February, tracking key measurements like the unemployment rate, hourly earnings and the average hours worked per week by U.S. workers.

The information was gathered from First Call, Hoover's Online, CCBN's StreetEvents and CNET Investor.

Other events scheduled this week:

Tech Events
Sunday, March 3
  • Computerworld will host the Premier 100 IT Leaders conference at the Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, Calif., March 3 to March 5. The event will address technology management issues that confront information technology professionals at large corporations.

  • Investment bank Bear Sterns will hold a conference on media, entertainment and information at the Breakers, in Palm Beach, Fla., March 3 to March 6. Keynote speakers include AOL Time Warner CEO Gerald Levin and Disney CEO Michael Eisner.

Monday, March 4
  • Network Outlook takes place at the San Francisco Airport Marriott, in Burlingame, Calif., March 4 to March 5. The conference features presentations by private telecom and network equipment makers and keynote speeches by Network Appliance CEO Dan Warmenhoven, Cisco Systems Senior Vice President Mike Volpi, Juniper Networks CTO Pradeep Sindu and Riverstone Networks CEO Romulus Pereira.

  • Investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston will hold a conference that features access to CEOs of global telecom companies at the Loews Portofino Hotel in Orland, Fla., March 4 to March 6. The event includes presentations by CEOs from Nortel Networks, Sprint, BellSouth, AT&T, Verizon Communications and NTT DoCoMo.

  • Investment bank Morgan Stanley will hold its Semiconductor & Systems conference in Laguna Niguel, Calif., March 4 to March 6. Companies like Texas Instruments, Teradyne and Analog Devices are scheduled to make presentations.

  • CMP Media will kick off the ctexpo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, March 4 to March 6. The event is an opportunity for technology decision makers to evaluate how to make use of voice and data services in their business.

  • Key3Media holds Comdex Chicago at McCormick Place, March 4 to March 7. The conference is for people in the technology industry interested in learning about topics like wireless, broadband and information security. Senior executives from Computer Associates, Cingular Wireless, Research in Motion, Xybernaut and IBM will make keynote presentations.

  • will host a conference on search engine strategies at Copley Place Marriott in Boston, March 4 to March 5. Geared towards Internet executives and technology professionals, the conference will address issues related to Internet search technology, and features speeches by representatives from Google, MSN, Inktomi and AOL.

  • Research firm Gartner will hold a conference on CRM (customer relationship management) at the Sheraton in Chicago, March 4 to March 6. E-business professionals are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, March 7
  • Chipmaker Intel will hold a conference call to give a financial update on its first quarter on March 7 at 2:30 p.m. The call will be Webcast.

  • will hold a conference on instant messaging at the Omni Parker House in Boston, March 7 to March 8. The event will focus on how businesses can gain operational advantages by using IM.


Thursday, March 7

  • National Semiconductor is one of the world's largest manufacturers of chips. Per-share consensus estimate for the third fiscal quarter: loss of 27 cents.

  • TiVo offers a service that lets consumers digitally record TV programs. Per-share consensus estimate for the fourth fiscal quarter: loss of 92 cents.

Economic Reports
Wednesday, March 6
  • The Federal Reserve will release the Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions, also known as the Beige Book. The study comes out eight times a year and gathers anecdotal information from business leaders on the economic climate in each Federal Reserve district.

Thursday, March 7
  • Initial Claims refers to the number of people who filed for unemployment benefits each week as reported by the Department of Labor. Claims will be reported for the week ending March 2.

  • Quarterly Productivity figures from the Labor Department track the quantity of goods and services produced relative to the amount of labor and capital used in the process, and basically provides a picture of economy's efficiency. Economists expect this closely watched figure to climb to a revised 3.8 percent for the fourth quarter of 2001, compared with the quarter's previous reading of 3.5 percent.

  • The Consumer Credit report by the Federal Reserve shows the monthly debt assumed by consumers for purposes other than home mortgages. This number is expected to rise to $2 billion in January from a negative $5.1 billion during the previous month.

Friday, March 8
  • The Unemployment rate is the percentage of unemployed adults, as estimated monthly by the Labor Department. Economists expect the number to rise to 5.8 percent in February, from 5.6 percent in January.

  • Nonfarm Payrolls represents the change in total nonfarm employment. This number is expected to stay unchanged for February.

  • Average workweek for February is the average amount of hours worked per week in the private sector, as estimated monthly by the Labor Department. No estimates were available

  • The Labor Department also follows the monthly percentage change in Hourly Earnings in the private sector. No estimates were available for February.