Mon. Nov. 5, 9:30 p.m. EST
Shares in the Chinese e-commerce portal start trading in Hong Kong. The company reached its IPO goal of $1.5 billion.
ASIAN EQUITY CONFERENCE
Tues. Nov. 6-8
The Third Asian Institutional Equity Trading Summit takes place in Macau. Speakers include Mark Mobius of Franklin Templeton Funds (BEN).
SWISS RE (RUKN)
Tues. Nov. 6, 4:30 a.m. EST
The reinsurer announces third-quarter earnings. A quiet hurricane season should help profits, but fewer claims could lead to lower premiums.
ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND ()
Tues. Nov. 6, 9 a.m. EST
The agriculture company presents first-quarter results. Second-quarter profits were strong, although high corn prices and lower ethanol sales are crimping profits.
RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA
Tues. Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. EST
The central bank is expected to lift interest rates from 6.5% to 6.75%. Future hikes are expected with a strong economy likely to stoke inflation pressures.
Tues. Nov. 6, 10 p.m. EST
The automaker will issue semiannual results for fiscal year 2008. On Oct. 27 at the Tokyo Motor Show, it introduced the 1/X hybrid concept car, which is twice as fuel-efficient as the Prius.
U.S. LABOR PRODUCTIVITY
Wed. Nov. 7, 8:30 a.m. EST
Productivity growth in the third quarter probably topped 2% at an annualized rate for a second straight quarter. Such a gain could begin to ease concerns about a slowdown in productivity after weak results in 2006 and earlier this year.
EUROPEAN MONETARY POLICY
Thurs. Nov. 8
The Bank of England and European Central Bank hold monetary policy meetings. No interest rate moves are expected. The BOE is looking for signs of economic fallout from the recent financial market turmoil, while the ECB is focusing on high oil prices and inflation pressures.
Thurs. Nov. 8, 6 a.m. EST
European Aeronautic Defense & Space, maker of Airbus jets, releases nine-month earnings results. The company could face more strikes as the jetmaker proceeds with its restructuring plan.
Thurs. Nov. 8, 10 a.m. EST
The German electronics and engineering group issues fiscal year earnings and may also announce a management shakeup.
Thurs. Nov. 8, 4:45 p.m. EST
The company presents fiscal fourth-quarter results. On Oct. 23 it unveiled Gobi, a new mobile Internet technology that should be on sale in the spring of 2008.
U.S. FOREIGN TRADE
Fri. Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m. EST
The September trade deficit probably widened following a $57.6 billion gap in August. Imports are likely to rise on higher oil prices.