The Week Ahead: Dow Earnings Dominate Light Data Week

Dow components take over the earnings calendar in a week that's very light on economic news

by Mark Fightmaster

Published on Oct 15, 2015 at 4:59 PM

Major economic news is light this week, so earnings reports will continue to dominate. In fact, no fewer than 12 Dow components will be stepping into the spotlight: American Express (AXP), Boeing (BA), Caterpillar (CAT), Coca-Cola Co (KO), International Business Machines (IBM), McDonald's (MCD), Microsoft (MSFT), Procter & Gamble (PG), Travelers Companies (TRV), United Technologies (UTX), Verizon Communications (VZ), and 3M Co (MMM) are all slated to reveal results. 

Below is a brief list of some key market events scheduled for the upcoming week. All earnings dates listed below are tentative and subject to change. Please check with each company's respective website for official reporting dates.

Monday, 10/19

The week kicks off with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) housing market index. IBM will lead a group including Halliburton (HAL), Hasbro (HAS), Morgan Stanley (MS), Sonic (SONC), and Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) into the earnings confessional.

Tuesday, 10/20

Tuesday's economic docket remains light, with only the release of building permits and housing starts on tap. Along with reports from TRV, VZ, and UTX, the earnings schedule also includes Cepheid (CPHD), Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), Cree (CREE), Harley-Davidson (HOG), Illumina (ILMN), Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), Lockheed Martin (LMT), VMware (VMW), and Yahoo! (YHOO).

Wednesday, 10/21

Wednesday brings us our weekly peek at domestic crude inventories. Dow components AXP, BA, and KO headline the day's slate of earnings reports -- which also includes Angie's List (ANGI), ARM Holdings (ARMH), Baker Hughes (BHI), Biogen (BIIB), Citrix Systems (CTXS), eBay (EBAY), EMC (EMC), General Motors (GM), Kinder Morgan (KMI), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), SanDisk (SNDK), and Texas Instruments (TXN).

Thursday, 10/22

Thursday is the heaviest data day, featuring weekly jobless claims, existing home sales, and the Conference Board's index of leading economic indicators.

MMM, CAT, MCD, and MSFT will spearhead the day's earnings parade. The blue-chip quartet will be accompanied by the likes of Alphabet (GOOGL), Amazon.com (AMZN), AT&T (T), Apollo Education Group (APOL), Cypress Semiconductor (CY), Dow Chemical (DOW), Dunkin Brands (DNKN), Eli Lilly (LLY), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Juniper Networks (JNPR), Nasdaq (NDAQ), Pandora Media (P), PulteGroup (PHM), Raytheon (RTN), Royal Caribbean (RCL), Sirius XM Radio (SIRI), Southwest Airlines (LUV), and Under Armour (UA).

Friday, 10/23

The sole economic report on Friday is Markit's flash purchasing managers manufacturing index (PMI). Companies stepping into the earnings confessional include Dow conglomerate PG, American Airlines Group (AAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Lear (LEA), Tenneco (TEN), and V.F. Corp (VFC).

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