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The week ahead: HP's pep rally

Among other events, the new Hewlett-Packard will sing a song of itself at HP World, a week-long trade show/pep rally in Los Angeles.

Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of Sept. 23 through Sept. 27.

Feeling something of a patriotic duty to point out bright spots on the tech horizon, we'd like to note that one tech firm is expected to report a profit next week. So huzzah for software maker Cognos, and try not to fret too much over red-ink cases such as Palm and Liberate.

Elsewhere in the tech world, the new Hewlett-Packard will sing a song of itself at HP World, a week-long trade show/pep rally in Los Angeles, while guardians against digital pestilence gather at the Virus Bulletin 2002 conference in New Orleans.

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

Other events scheduled this week:

Tech Events
Monday, Sept. 23
  • Get up close and personal with the new Hewlett-Packard at HP World 2002, running Sept. 23.-27 in Los Angeles. Speakers include CEO Carly Fiorina and President Michael Capellas.

  • Wireless technology, nanotechnology and biosensors are among the topics to be addressed at the Sensors Expo & Conference, running Sept. 23-26 in Boston. Futurist Ray Kurzweil is the keynote speaker.

  • Learn how to make software work together at the eBusiness Integration Conference, running Sept. 23-25 in New York.

Tuesday, Sept. 24
  • Check out the latest in handheld computing at Planet PDA, running Sept. 24-27 in San Francisco.

  • Everybody's favorites computing trade show heads to Europe for Orbit/Comdex 2002, running Sept. 24-27 in Basel, Switzerland.

  • The WorldWide Web Consortium's Technical Architecture Group meets Sept. 24-25 in Vancouver, Canada, to hammer out Web standards issues.

  • How do you make sure your software works the way it's supposed to? Get some new ideas at the Software Test Automation Conference, happening Sept. 24-27 in Boston.
Thursday, Sept. 26
  • Computer security pros swap tips on the latest bug-busting techniques at Virus Bulletin 2002, running Sept. 26-27 in New Orleans.

Earnings

Monday, Sept. 23

  • Struggling handheld computer maker Palm reports first-quarter earnings. Analysts expect a loss of 8 cents a share.

Tuesday, Sept. 24
  • Internet conglomerate CMGI is set to report fourth-quarter earnings. Analysts expect a loss of 14 cents a share for the quarter and a loss of 70 cents a share for the 2002 fiscal year.

Wednesday, Sept. 25
  • Corel makes graphics and office software. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 8 cents a share.

Thursday, Sept. 26
  • Cognos makes business intelligence software. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 14 cents a share.

  • Lawson Software makes business software. It's expected to report a first-quarter loss of a penny per share.

  • Liberate Technologies sells interactive television software. It's expected to report a first-quarter loss of 16 cents a share.

  • Manugistics sells supply-chain software. It's expected to report a second-quarter loss of 20 cents a share.

  • Solectron is one of the world's leading contract manufacturers for electronics. It's expected to report a loss of 4 cents a share for its fourth quarter and a loss of 12 cents a share for the 2002 fiscal year.
Economic Reports
Monday, Sept. 23
  • Leading Economic Indicators summarizes previously reported data such as building permits and unemployment claims. It's expected to dip 0.1 percent for August, compared with a 0.4 percent decline the previous month.

Tuesday, Sept. 24
  • Consumer Confidence tracks the results of a broad survey on consumer spending expectations. The September index is expected to rise to 96, from 93.5 the previous month.
Wednesday, Sept. 25
  • Home Sales tracks housing activity. August sales of existing homes are expected to rise to 5.6 million, from 5.33 million the previous month. New home sales are expected to dip to 970,000, from 1.02 million the previous month.

  • Durable Goods measures the value of goods shipped or ordered with an intended lifespan of three years or more. The August total is expected to dip 3.5 percent, after 9.2-percent growth the previous month.

Thursday, Sept. 26
  • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. The total is expected to fall to 420,000 for the week ended Sept. 21, from 424,000 the previous week.

Friday, Sept. 27
  • Gross Domestic Product is the broadest measure of overall U.S. economic activity. Second-quarter growth is expected to rise to 1.2 percent, from 1.1 percent the previous quarter.