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Week ahead: Earnings bonanza

Microsoft, Intel and IBM are among the big hitters set to reveal how the last quarter added up for them. Plus, security takes center stage at the RSA Conference.

Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of April 13.

A horde of tech earnings will storm onto center stage in the coming week, with Microsoft, Intel, IBM and Nokia all releasing their quarterly results.

Against the backdrop of the financial news, a few notable tech events are set to take place. In San Francisco, electronic and data security experts and industry players will converge at the RSA Conference 2003.

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

Events scheduled this week:

Tech Events

Sunday, April 13

  • I've been robbed. Identity theft, hacking and cyberterrorism will be some of the issues addressed at the electronic and data security RSA Conference 2003, April 13-17, San Francisco.

Monday, April 14

  • Store this. A glimpse into the future of storage networking and the burgeoning technologies in technical tutorials will be discussed at the Storage Networking World, April 14-17, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Tuesday, April 15

Wednesday, April 16

  • Industry players will learn about leveraging grid technology in network-centric environments to optimal content placement for Web caching at the Symposium on Network Computing and Applications April 16-18, Cambridge, Mass.

  • Cool man. The development of cool chips with low energy consumption and high-speed performance will be covered at the Cool Chips VI conference, April 16-18, Yokohama, Japan.

Thursday, April 17

Earnings

Monday, April 14

  • IBM is a computer and services company. Big Blue is expected to report a first-quarter profit of 80 cents a share.

  • Rambus designs high-speed memory. The company is expected to report a second-quarter profit of 5 cents a share.

  • Novellus Systems is a chip equipment maker. The company is expected to report a first-quarter profit of 7 cents a share.

  • Unisys is an IT services company. The company is expected to report a first-quarter profit of 12 cents a share.

Tuesday, April 15
  • Handspring makes handheld devices. The company is expected to report a third-quarter loss of 9 cents a share.

  • Intel makes semiconductors. The company is expected to report a first-quarter profit of 12 cents a share.

  • Microsoft is a software provider. The company is expected to report a third-quarter profit of 24 cents a share.

  • Motorola makes cellular phones and semiconductors. The company is expected to report a first-quarter profit of 1 cent a share.

  • Texas Instruments makes semiconductors. The company is expected to report a first-quarter profit of 6 cents a share.

Wednesday, April 16
  • Advanced Micro Devices makes semiconductors. The company is expected to report a first-quarter loss of 49 cents a share.

  • Apple Computer makes computers. The company is expected to report a second-quarter profit of 2 cents a share.

  • Sun Microsystems makes workstations and servers. The company is expected to report a break-even third-quarter.

Thursday, April 17
  • Gateway makes computers. The company is expected to report a first-quarter loss of 42 cents a share.

  • Nokia is a cellular phone maker. The company is expected to report a first-quarter profit of 17 cents a share.

  • Sybase develops database software and applications. The company is expected to report a first-quarter profit of 18 cents a share.

  • Transmeta makes chips. The company is expected to report a first-quarter loss of 13 cents a share.

Economic Reports
Monday, April 14
  • Business Inventories summarizes the total sales and inventory for the retail, wholesale and manufacturing sectors. February growth is expected to hold steady at 0.2 percent.

Tuesday, April 15
  • Capacity Utilization reports on industrial production divided by capacity. The March figures are expected to decline to 75.4 percent from 75.6 percent in the previous period.

  • Industrial Production measures the total output of U.S. factories, mines and utilities. The March total is expected to decline to a negative 0.2 percent, from a rise of 0.1 percent the previous month.

Wednesday, April 16
  • Consumer Price Index is one of most significant measures of inflation, monitoring the decline or fall of the price of a fixed basket of consumer goods and services. The March total is expected to decline to 0.4 percent from 0.5 percent in the previous period.

  • Housing Starts reports on the total of new home construction projects. March figures are expected to grow to 1.69 million, from 1.62 million the previous month.