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Week Ahead: Coca-Cola, Disney, Hasbro Earnings

It should be pretty quiet on the economic calendar this week, with only a few national reports due out. But iconic companies Walt Disney, Coca-Cola and Hasbro, among others, are scheduled to report quarterly results. Here's a preview.

The G-20: Sound and Fury Signify Something in Seoul

On the eve of an economic summit in South Korea, disturbing signs of discord are emerging over currency valuations and trade between the U.S. and its major trading partners. Failure to achieve an agreement could set off more "currency wars."

Third-Quarter GDP Rose to 2% on Consumer Spending

Consumer outlays increased at the best pace in about four years -- providing some hope that the expansion can continue. The rise from the second-quarter rate of 1.7% was in line with economists' expectations. Soaring imports were a big drag on the growth report.

China as Importer

China posted a tiny surplus in April, which could signal a change in China's role in world trade.

Tourist spending plunges in the US

International visits to the United States fell 12 percent in May 2009 from the year before. Those still flying over spent a lot less – only...