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November 19, 2013  Tue 2:14 AM CT

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Today's calendar mostly focuses on retail earnings.

Home Depot, Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods, and TJX issue results before the opening bell. Other noteworthy companies this morning include Medtronic and Trina Solar.

The only economic reports are German's Zew survey of investor sentiment in the morning and Bank of Japan's monetary statement in the evening.

Tomorrow brings U.S. monthly retail sales, consumer prices, and minutes from the last Federal Reserve meeting. Preliminary readings will also be released for China's HSBC manufacturing index in the evening. Deere, J.C. Penney, Lowe's, and Staples report in the morning. L Brands and Williams Sonoma follow in the evening.

Thursday's agenda includes European service-sector data and U.S. initial jobless claims. Abercrombie & Fitch, Dollar Tree, Target, and GameStop issue results in the morning. AutoDesk, Gap and Ross Stores report after the closing bell.

Friday's big names include Ann, Foot Locker, and PetSmart. German gross domestic product and the country's Ifo survey of business conditions are the only economic data points.
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