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July 25, 2014  Fri 2:45 AM CT

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Today's calendar is relatively quiet, with a handful of earnings and no major economic news.

AbbVie, LyondellBassell, Tyco, Vodafone, and Xerox issue quarterly results. Germany's Ifo survey of business conditions will be reported early, followed by U.S. durable-goods orders at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Next week begins slowly and then grows very busy.

Monday brings pending home sales, along with earnings from Cummins, Tyson Foods, Masco, and Amkor Technology.

Tuesday features the Case-Shiller index of home prices and consumer confidence. Pfizer, Merck, Amgen, American Express, United Parcel Service, International Paper, and Marriott announce results.

Wednesday is a major day, with the preliminary estimate for second-quarter gross domestic product, ADP's private-sector payroll report and the Federal Reserve's interest-rate decision all scheduled. Hess, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Akamai, Williams, Kraft Foods, and Phillips 66 release earnings as well.

Thursday features initial jobless claims. Exxon Mobil, Cigna, Expedia, and MasterCard issue results.

The week concludes with non-farm payrolls and the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index and construction spending. Procter & Gamble, Chevron, and Clorox are the big names reporting earnings.
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