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Company earnings and economic data for the week of May 15, 2011

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Sunday night is a good time to take a look at the expected corporate earnings and economic data due to be released during the upcoming week.

This week retailers take center stage as well as two tech bellwethers Dell and Hewlett-Packard.

Monday: On Monday earnings are expected from retailers JC Penney (JCP) and Lowe’s (LOW). Before the bell the Empire Manufacturing survey will be released and after the bell the National Association of Homebuilders will release the May housing index.

Tuesday: On Tuesday morning April housing starts and building permits will be released along with earnings for Walmart (WMT) and Home Depot (HD). After the bell Dell (DELL) earnings are due to be released.

Wednesday: Wednesday morning Target (TGTwill release earnings before the bell, the Fed will release the Minutes from the April meeting in the afternoon and after the bell earnings from Hewlett-Packard (HWP) are expected.

Thursday: Thursday Sears Holdings (SHLD) will release earnings before the bell along with the weekly report on initial jobless claims and report onleading economic indicators. The Philadelphia Fed Index for May will also be released in the morning along with existing homes sales that to be released by the National Association of Realtors. After the bell earnings are expected from Gap (GPS).

FridayTo close out the trading week will be a release before the bell of earnings from Chinese internet company Dangdang (DANG).

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