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Bank of Canada announces interest rate, Tuesday

Globe and Mail Update

Monday, July 14

The Bank of Japan starts a two-day monetary policy meeting.

Tuesday, July 15

The Bank of Canada makes its interest rate announcement. Economists expect the target for the key overnight rate to remain unchanged at 3 per cent.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke delivers the U.S. central bank's semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress. He is to testify before the Senate banking committee Tuesday and the House financial services committee on July 16.

The Bank of Japan concludes its monetary policy meeting with a decision on its overnight target rate. It is expected to keep its key rate unchanged at 0.5 per cent.

The U.S. Department of Labour releases its producer price index for June. Economists expect an increase of 1.3 per cent (0.3 per cent with food and energy stripped out) from the previous month, and a yearly increase of 8.7 per cent (3.2 per cent without food, energy).

The U.S. Commerce Department releases retail sales data for June. An increase of 0.4 per cent is expected over May (1 per cent with auto sales stripped out).

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. reports fourth-quarter results. Per share profit of 15 cents is forecast, down from 19 cents in the year-ago period. Full-year profit of 95 cents is expected, compared with $1.12 in the previous year.

Research In Motion Ltd. holds its annual meeting, Waterloo, Ont.

Intel reports second-quarter results. Analysts expect per-share profit of 25 cents (U.S.), up from 22 cents in the year-ago period.

Johnson & Johnson reports second-quarter results. Analysts expect per-share profit of $1.12 (U.S.), up from $1.05 in the year-ago period.

CSX reports. Second-quarter per share profit of 90 cents (U.S.) is expected, up from 71 cents.

Oil Sands and Heavy Oil Technologies conference & exhibition opens in Calgary; it runs through July 17.

Wednesday, July 16

Statistics Canada releases its survey of manufacturing shipments for May. Economists forecast an increase of 0.5 per cent, compared with a gain of 2 per cent in the previous month.

The U.S. Federal Open Market Committee issues minutes from its June 25 meeting, where it decided to keep its target for the federal funds rate at 2 per cent.

The U.S. Labour Department reports on the consumer price index for June. Economists expect a monthly CPI increase of 0.7 per cent (0.2 per cent with food and energy stripped out), and a yearly CPI increase of 4.5 per cent (2.3 per cent without food, energy).

The Federal Reserve Board reports on industrial production for June. No change in output is forecast, compared with a decrease of 0.2 per cent in the previous month.

eBay reports. Second-quarter per share profit of 41 cents (U.S.) is expected, up from 34 cents.

Shoppers Drug Mart reports. Second-quarter per share profit of 58 cents is expected, up from 52 cents.

Yum Brands Inc. reports. Second-quarter per share profit of 42 cents (U.S.) is expected, up from 39 cents.

Thursday, July 17

The Bank of Canada issues its monetary policy report update.

Statistics Canada releases data on international securities transactions for May.

The U.S. Department of Commerce reports on housing starts for June. Economists expect 965,000 starts, annualized.

The U.S. Department of Labour reports on initial jobless claims for the week ended July 12. Economists expect 380,000 new claims, compared with 346,000 in the previous week.

Google reports. Second-quarter per share profit of $4.73 (U.S.) is expected, up from $3.56.

Microsoft reports. Fourth-quarter share profit of 47 cents (U.S.) is expected, up from 39 cents.

Advanced Micro Devices reports its second quarter results. A loss of 51 cents (U.S.) a share is expected, compared with a loss of 95 cents in the year-ago period.

Nexen Inc. reports. Second-quarter per share profit of $1.34 is expected, up from 63 cents.

OPTI Canada Inc. reports. A second-quarter loss of 2 cents a share is expected, compared with a loss of 1 cent in the year-ago period.

JPMorgan reports. Second-quarter per share profit of 47 cents (U.S.) is expected, down from $1.20.

Harley-Davidson reports. Second-quarter per share profit of 76 cents (U.S.) is expected, down from $1.14.

Coca-Cola reports. Second-quarter per share profit of 96 cents (U.S.) is expected, up from 85 cents.

Continental Airlines reports its second-quarter results. Analysts forecast a loss of 45 cents (U.S.), compared with a profit of $2.10 in the year-ago period.

SunPower Corp. reports. Second-quarter per share profit of 50 cents (U.S.) is expected, up from 25 cents.

TD Ameritrade Holding reports. Third-quarter per share profit of 32 cents (U.S.) is expected, up from 26 cents.

Friday, July 18

Statistics Canada reports on the leading indicators in June. Economists forecast a rise of 0.1 per cent.

Statscan reports on wholesale trade for May. Economists forecast an increase of 0.5 per cent.

Citigroup reports second-quarter results. Analysts expect a loss of 58 cents (U.S.) per share, compared with a profit of $1.24 in the year-ago period.

Mattel reports. Second-quarter per share profit of 2 cents (U.S.) is expected, down from 6 cents.

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