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Week ahead: HP event, Dell earnings

Hewlett-Packard opens the doors to its annual HP World conference, while Dell and Applied Materials serve up their earnings reports.

Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of Aug. 10.

Tech titans Dell, Applied Materials and Hewlett-Packard will be sharing the spotlight in the coming week. Dell and Applied are among the tech companies expected to announce profitable quarterly results.

Meanwhile, HP will launch its annual HP World conference, which will feature Carly Fiorina, its chief executive; Ann Livermore, executive vice president of HP services; and Peter Blackmore, executive vice president of the enterprise systems group.

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

Events scheduled this week:

Tech Events

Monday, Aug. 11

  • What in the world? HP will be introducing its major conference and expo to industry players interested in its software, services and hardware at HP World 2003, Aug. 11-15, in Atlanta.

Tuesday, Aug. 12

Wednesday, Aug. 13

  • Imagine this. Computers, graphics and imaging are the focus of the International Association of Science and Technology for Development's CGIM 2003 conference, Aug. 13-15, in Honolulu.

Earnings

Tuesday, Aug. 12

  • Semiconductor-equipment maker Applied Materials is expected to report a third-quarter profit of 4 cents a share.

  • Computer Sciences is a provider of information technology services. The company is expected to report a first-quarter profit of 51 cents a share.

Wednesday, Aug. 13
  • Brocade Communications Systems develops data-storage networking products and services. The company is expected to report a third-quarter profit of a penny a share.

Thursday, Aug. 14
  • Analog Devices, a developer of integrated circuits, is expected to report a third-quarter profit of 21 cents a share.

  • BEA Systems is a business applications software provider. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 7 cents a share.

  • Computer maker Dell is expected to report a second-quarter profit of 24 cents a share.

Economic Reports

Wednesday, Aug. 13

  • Business Inventories summarizes total sales and inventory for the retail, wholesale and manufacturing sectors. June growth is expected to narrow the previous period's 0.2 percent drop to a decline of 0.1 percent.
  • Retail Sales measures total receipts from U.S. stores. Growth for July is expected to improve to 0.8 percent, from 0.5 percent in June. Excluding auto sales, growth is expected to decline to 0.5 percent, compared with June's 0.7 percent.
Thursday, Aug. 14
  • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. The total is expected to rise to 395,000 for the week ended Aug. 9, from 390,000 the previous week.
  • Producer Price Index is a broad measure of the price of goods at the wholesale level. July growth is expected to retreat to 0.2 percent from 0.5 percent in June.
Friday, Aug. 15
  • The Consumer Price Index is one of the most significant measures of inflation, monitoring the decline or fall of the price of a fixed basket of consumer goods and services. July growth is expected to hold steady at 0.2 percent.
  • Industrial Production measures the total output of U.S. factories, mines and utilities. July growth is expected to increase to 0.2, from June's 0.1 percent.