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Week ahead: Oracle, 3Com earnings

Earnings reports overshadow an otherwise quiet week, as some tech notables gear up to release their quarterly results.

Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of Dec. 14.

Tech earnings will take center stage in the coming week, as Oracle and 3Com gear up to release their quarterly results.

The earnings reports will overshadow an otherwise quiet week, as trade shows are sparse due to the pending holidays.

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

Events scheduled this week:

Tech Events

Monday, Dec. 15

Thursday, Dec. 18

  • Tech professional get the lowdown on using Linux to automate the start-up of applications during the 4th annual Hillgang conference, Dec. 18, Herndon, Va.

Earnings

Monday, Dec. 15

  • Oracle develops database and software applications. The company is expected to report a second-quarter profit of 11 cents a share.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

  • 3Com is a networking equipment maker. The company is expected to report a second-quarter loss of 14 cents a share.

  • Tibco Software develops software to coordinate applications. The company is expected to report a second-quarter profit of 2 cents a share.

Thursday, Dec. 18

  • PalmOne is a handheld maker. The company is expected to report a second-quarter loss of 1 cent a share.

  • Red Hat develops Linux software. The company is expected to report a third-quarter profit of 2 cents a share.

Economic Reports
Tuesday, Dec. 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. November growth is expected to improve slightly to 0.1 percent from zero growth in the previous period.

  • Housing Starts is the total of new home construction projects. November is expected to fall to 1.91 million, from 1.96 million the previous month.

Thursday, Dec. 18

  • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. The total is expected to fall to 360,000 for the week ended Dec. 13, from 378,000 the previous week.

  • Leading Economic Indicators summarizes previously reported totals such as building permits and unemployment claims. It's expected to dip to 0.3 percent for November, compared with 0.4 percent the previous month.