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Week ahead: Earnings all over; confab hangover

Apple Computer, Intel and other tech titans will be posting quarterly earnings next week, but what with Macworld and CES having just ended, there aren't a whole lot of conferences on tap.

Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of Jan. 11.

A list of tech titans will be rolling out their quarterly earnings in the coming week, ranging from Apple Computer to Intel to Sun Microsystems.

But after a week of Macworld and the Consumer Electronics Show, the trade show scene will be relatively quiet, with a smattering of conferences.

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

Events scheduled this week:

Tech Events

Wednesday, Jan. 14

Thursday, Jan. 15

  • Bang for the buck. IT managers looking to unravel the mysteries of getting their technology investments to work will converge on Delivering on the CRM Promise, Jan. 15, Mountain View, Calif.

Earnings

Tuesday, Jan. 13

  • Accenture is an IT consulting company. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 28 cents a share.

Wednesday, Jan. 14
  • Apple Computer is expected to report a first-quarter profit of 14 cents a share.

  • Semiconductor powerhouse Intel is expected to report a fourth-quarter profit of 25 cents a share.

  • Yahoo is expected to report a fourth-quarter profit of 11 cents a share.

Thursday, Jan. 15
  • Fairchild Semiconductor is expected to report a fourth-quarter profit of 10 cents a share.

  • Chipmaker Rambus is expected to report a fourth-quarter profit of 5 cents a share.

  • Sun Microsystems makes workstations and servers. The company is expected to report a second-quarter loss of 5 cents a share.

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

Economic Reports

Wednesday, Jan. 14

  • Producer Price Index is a broad measure of the price of goods at the wholesale level. December growth is expected to be 0.2 percent, after a 0.3 percent drop in November.

Thursday, Jan. 15
  • 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. December growth is expected to rise to 0.2 percent, compared with a 0.2 percent decline in November.

  • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. The total is expected to fall to 351,000 for the week ended Jan. 9, from 353,000 the previous week.

  • Retail Sales measures total receipts from U.S. stores. Growth for December is expected to drop to 0.7 percent, from 0.9 percent in November. Excluding auto sales, growth is expected to be flat, at 0.4 percent.

Friday, Jan. 16
  • Business Inventories summarize total sales and inventory for the retail, wholesale and manufacturing sectors. November growth is expected to fall to 0.2 percent from 0.4 percent in the previous period.