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Week ahead: Checking the coffers

Microsoft, Sun, IBM, Gateway, Intel, AMD and more are in line this week to reveal earnings--and maybe give a hint of whether an economic recovery lies ahead.

Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of Oct. 14 through Oct. 18.

When is the recovery going to start? Investors, executives and regular working stiffs will be looking for signs of improvement this week, as a slew of top tech companies report quarterly earnings.

It's likely too early to expect any payoff yet from Sun Microsystems' ambitious turnaround plans, while Gateway is having trouble convincing some folks it plans to stay in business and chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices is in the midst of an annus horribilis.

On the brighter side, Microsoft is still looking forward to plump profits, Apple Computer appears to be on track for a modest profit and Intel's outlook at least hasn't gotten any gloomier in the past month.

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

Other events scheduled this week:


Tech Events
Sunday, Oct. 13
  • COMMON, the international users group for those using IBM technology and services, hosts its Fall 2002 Conference and Expo, Oct. 13-17 in Denver.

Monday, Oct. 14
  • Get a glimpse of the future of networking at Next Generation Networks, featuring a talk by national cybersecurity czar Richard Clarke. It runs Oct. 14-18 in Boston.

  • Government workers get the day off for the increasingly controversial Columbus Day.

Wednesday, Oct. 16
  • The Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) focuses on wireless Internet and data at CTIA Wireless IT and Internet 2002, running Oct. 16-18 in Las Vegas.

Thursday, Oct. 17
  • Research firm InfoTrends looks at the state of digital photography and associated technologies at Digital Imaging '02, running Oct. 17-18 in San Jose, Calif.

Earnings

Monday, Oct. 14

  • Concord Communications sells back-end business software. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 2 cents a share.

  • Hughes Electronics runs the DirecTV satellite television service and other communications and media services. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 8 cents a share.

  • Unisys sells server hardware, software and services. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 17 cents a share.
Tuesday, Oct. 15
  • Advent Software sells investment management software. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 12 cents a share.

  • Applied Micro Circuits makes semiconductors for networking hardware. It's expected to report a second-quarter loss of 5 cents a share.

  • Black Box sells network maintenance services. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 70 cents a share.

  • Cadence Design sells semiconductor design software and services. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 15 cents a share.

  • DoubleClick sells Internet marketing software and services. It's expected to report third-quarter earnings of a penny per share.

  • FSI International sells semiconductor manufacturing equipment. It's expected to report a fourth-quarter loss of 30 cents a share.

  • Intel is the world's biggest chipmaker. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 13 cents a share.

  • Internet Security Systems sells security software and services. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 11 cents a share.

  • L-3 Communications sells a variety of communications services. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 61 cents a share.

  • Novellus sells chipmaking equipment. It's expected to report third-quarter earnings of 9 cents a share.

  • Proxim sells wireless products for broadband Internet access. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of a penny per share.

  • RF Micro Devices makes wireless communications chips. It's expected to report second-quarter earnings of 3 cents a share.

  • Silicon Image makes communications chips. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of a penny per share.

  • Teradyne makes semiconductor testing equipment. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 29 cents a share.

Wednesday, Oct. 16
  • Advanced Micro Devices makes PC processors and other semiconductors. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 67 cents a share.

  • Akamai Technologies sells e-business software and services. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 28 cents a share.

  • Apple Computer sells PC hardware and software. It's expected to report a profit of 2 cents a share for the fourth quarter and 33 cents a share for the 2002 fiscal year.

  • CDW Computer is a leading direct retailer of computing hardware and software. It's expected to report third-quarter profit of 59 cents a share.

  • Celestica is a contract manufacturer of electronic equipment. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 20 cents a share.

  • E-Trade offers online investment services. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 12 cents a share.

  • Electronics for Imaging sells accessories and software for printers. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 13 cents a share.

  • FileNet sells e-business software and services. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 2 cents a share.

  • Inficon sells semiconductor manufacturing and testing equipment. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 2 cents a share.

  • IBM sells a variety of computing hardware, software and services. It's expected to report third-quarter earnings of 97 cents a share.

  • Interwoven sells content management applications and other business software. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 7 cents a share.

  • Macromedia sells Web development and design software. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 2 cents a share.

  • QLogic makes storage networking components. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 26 cents a share.

  • RSA Security sells authentication systems and other security software. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of a penny per share.

  • Sandisk makes flash memory and other removable storage products. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 9 cents a share.

  • Symantec sells security software and services. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 31 cents a share.

  • Transmeta makes PC processors and other semiconductors. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 13 cents a share.

  • Vignette sells content management software. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 5 cents a share.

  • WebEx Communications sells online collaboration tools and services. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 7 cents a share.

  • Xicor designs communications chips. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 9 cents a share.

Thursday, Oct. 17
  • Acclaim Entertainment makes video and computer games. It's expected to report a loss of 12 cents a share for its fourth quarter and a profit of 15 cents a share for the 2002 fiscal year.

  • Advanced Fibre Communications sells communications equipment and services. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 4 cents a share.

  • Atmel makes memory chips. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 9 cents a share.

  • Avid Technology sells equipment and software for digital media production. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 2 cents a share.

  • Broadcom makes communications chips. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 3 cents a share.

  • CNET Networks is an online media company. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 19 cents a share. (CNET Networks publishes News.com.)

  • Compuware sells business software. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 6 cents a share.

  • Cree makes semiconductor components. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 4 cents a share.

  • Cypress Semiconductor makes chips for communications equipment and other applications. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 3 cents a share.

  • Epiphany sells customer relationship management software. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 17 cents a share.

  • eBay is the leading online auction site. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 20 cents a share.

  • EMC sells data storage equipment. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 2 cents a share.

  • Fairchild Semiconductor makes a broad range of chips. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 8 cents a share.

  • Gateway sells PCs. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 15 cents a share.

  • Handspring makes handheld computers. It's expected to report a first-quarter loss of 9 cents a share.

  • I2 Technologies sells supply-chain management software. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 13 cents a share.

  • Informatica sells business software. It's expected to report break-even third-quarter results.

  • Integrated Device Technology makes communications and PC chips. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit a penny per share.

  • Iomega makes removable storage products for PCs. No third-quarter earnings estimate is available.

  • LAM Research sells chipmaking equipment. It's expected to report break-even results for the third quarter.

  • Lexar Media makes removable storage media. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 4 cents a share.

  • McData sells storage networking equipment. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 2 cents a share.

  • Mercury Interactive sells business software and services. It's expected to report third-quarter earnings of 16 cents a share.

  • Microsoft is the world's biggest software maker. It's expected to report third-quarter earnings of 43 cents a share.

  • Netflix rents DVDs via the Web. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 10 cents a share.

  • Nokia makes cell phones. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 17 cents a share.

  • Nortel Networks sells communications services. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 10 cents a share.

  • PeopleSoft sells business software. It's expected to report third-quarter earnings of 13 cents a share.

  • Pixelworks makes electronic display components. It's expected to report third-quarter earnings of 3 cents a share.

  • PMC-Sierra makes communications chips. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 6 cents a share.

  • Scientific Atlanta makes set-top boxes for TV services. It's expected to report first-quarter earnings of 21 cents a share.

  • Siebel Systems sells e-business software. It's expected to report third-quarter earnings of 5 cents a share.

  • Sprint PCS sells mobile phone services. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 18 cents a share.

  • Storage Networks sells data storage software and services. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 7 cents a share.

  • Sun Microsystems sells servers, software and services. It's expected to report a first-quarter loss of 4 cents a share.

  • Sybase sells database software. It's expected to report third-quarter earnings of 6 cents a share.

  • Western Digital makes PC hard drives. It's expected to report first-quarter earnings of 6 cents a share.

  • Xilinx makes semiconductors. It's expected to report second-quarter earnings of 10 cents a share.

Economic Reports
Wednesday, Oct. 16
  • Business Inventories summarizes total sales and inventory for the retail, wholesale and manufacturing sectors. August growth is expected to slow to 0.2 percent, from 0.4 percent the previous month.

Thursday, Oct. 17
  • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. The total is expected to grow to 415,000 for the week ended Oct. 12, from 384,000 the previous week.

  • Housing Starts is the total of new home construction projects. The August total is expected to grow to 1.65 million, from 1.61 million the previous month.

  • Industrial Production measures the total output of U.S. factories, mines and utilities. August growth is expected to grow to 0.1 percent, compared with a 0.3 percent decline the previous month.

  • Capacity Utilization is industrial production divided by capacity. The August ratio is expected to hold steady at 76 percent.

Friday, Oct. 18
  • 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. August growth is expected to dip to 0.2 percent, from 0.3 percent the previous month.