Here are some of the key economic events scheduled for the week.
* Commerce Department reports on business inventories for September.
* Treasury Department reports on the federal budget for October.
* Comdex consumer electronics show opens in Las Vegas.
* Bush administration scheduled to decide whether to restrict imports of certain Chinese-made clothes and textiles
* Treasury bill auction.
* Lowes Cos. and Toys R Us Inc. release third-quarter results.
* Labor Department reports on consumer price index for October.
* Home Depot Inc., Saks Inc. and Staples Inc. release third-quarter results.
* Senate Banking Committee opens hearing on mutual fund scandal.
* Senate Governmental Affairs panel opens hearing on tax shelters.
* Commerce Department reports on housing starts for October.
* Hewlett-Packard Co. releases fourth-quarter results.
* Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies hosts forum on corporate scandals. Speakers include New York Stock Exchange interim Chairman John S. Reed.
* Securities and Exchange Commission considers new rules regarding corporate directors.
* The Conference Board releases its report on leading indicators for October.
* Labor Department reports on weekly jobless claims.
* Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, reports on mortgage rates.
* Senate Banking Committee holds hearings on NYSE governance.
* Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan speaks at a Cato Institute conference on the future of the euro.
* Limited Brands Inc., Barnes & Noble Inc., Borders Group Inc. and Gap Inc. release third-quarter results; Walt Disney Co. releases its fiscal fourth-quarter results.
* Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. releases third-quarter results.
From Times wire services