THE WEEK AHEAD

Quarterly capex data will headline the coming week, the US will release its Beige Book and BHP Billiton and Harvey Norman hold AGMs.

A glut of important economic news will grab the attention of investors in the week ahead.

An absence of action from the Reserve Bank of Australia means that quarterly capital expenditure data will dominate the week locally.

Elsewhere, construction work data is the only other thing worth checking out.

Overseas, the United States government will release its Beige Book, its quarterly report on the state of the country's economy.

Third quarter gross domestic product data is also set for release, both in the US and United Kingdom.

In company news, BHP Billiton will hold its United Kingdom annual general meeting, while Harvey Norman will also meet shareholders.

Local news

A couple of key releases from the Australian Bureau of Statistics tentpole a thin week in local news.

Wednesday sees the release of construction work data for the June quarter from the ABS.

On Thursday, ABS private capital expenditure data for the September will be made available to the public. Analysts are tipping the data will show investment grew by 3 per cent in the period.

Friday sees the release of monthly private sector credit data. Economists are expecting the data to show a 0.3 per cent rise in credit.

Corporate

Another busy week in company news brings a bunch of annual general meetings.

Monday sees Challenger hold its AGM, while DuluxGroup will trade ex-dividend.

On Tuesday, AGMs will be held by Harvey Norman, Dart Energy, IOOF Holdings and Sandfire Resources.

Wednesday sees ANZ hold its global wealth and private banking business update.

Aristocrat and Cabcharge are due to face shareholders at AGMs.

Thursday brings BHP Billiton’s AGM in the United Kingdom.

Elsewhere, Base Resources, Cockatoo Coal, Murchison Metals, Linc Energy, Sundance Energy, and SEEK are due to meet shareholders, while Campbell Brothers will release interim earnings results.

On Friday, Aquilla Resources will hold its AGM, alongside Aquarius Platinum, Australand and Sundance Resources.

Offshore

Overseas, gross domestic product data from both sides of the Atlantic will keep investors entertained throughout the week.

On Monday, the Dallas federal manufacturing survey for November will be released in the United States.

The Chicago Federal Reserve’s national activity index for October is also due.

In the United Kingdom, Nationwide house price data for October is set for release.

Tuesday sees US consumer confidence data for November and durable goods orders for October made available.

Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller home price index for September is also awaited, alongside the Richmond Federal Reserve’s November manufacturing index.

In the UK, gross domestic product data for the third quarter is due.

On Wednesday, the United States government will release its Beige Book, its quarterly report on the state of the country's economy.

October new home sales data will also be released, alongside the weekly Energy Information Association’s petroleum status report. Economists expect the housing data to show a flat result in the month.

Weekly Mortgage Bankers Association mortgage applications data is also on tap.

Thursday brings third quarter gross domestic product data in the US. Experts are tipping the figures will show the US economy grew at a rate of 2.8 per cent in the quarter.

Weekly jobless claims and the latest pending home sales index are due as well.

Elsewhere, October consumer credit data is due in the United Kingdom, alongside the country’s latest financial stability report.

October mortgage approvals and M4 money supply data is also awaited.

Friday sees the release of the Chicago purchasing managers index for November released, alongside personal income and outlays data for October. Income is tipped to have lifted 0.2 per cent, while a 0.1 per cent rise in spending is anticipated.

Wrapping up

Rounding off the week, Sunday sees the Bank of Japan publish the minutes of October monetary policy meeting.

Monday brings a speech from HSBC Bank Australia, Stockland Corporation and Anglo American Australia chairman Graham Bradley to an Australian Institute of Company Directors event in Darwin.

Elsewhere, European Union finance ministers are due to make their final decision on Greece’s bailout.

Tuesday sees Australian Agricultural Company chief executive officer David Farley speak at an American Chamber of Commerce in Australia event in Sydney.

Australian Securities and Investment Commission chairman Greg Medcraft will sit on a panel session at the Pan-Asian regulatory summit in Hong Kong.

In the United States, Dallas Federal Reserve chairman Richard Fisher will speak on financial stability before the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, alongside Federal Reserve committee member Christine Cumming and Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart.

Chicago Federal Reserve president Charles Evans will speak at a separate US function.

On Wednesday, NBN Co chief executive officer Mike Quigley will address an AMCHAM function in Perth.

Thursday sees Treasury Wine Estates chief executive officer and executive director will address an AMCHAM business briefing in Sydney.

Telstra Corporation wholesale group managing director Stuart Lee will address a separate AMCHAN event in Melbourne.

ASIC Commissioner Greg Tanzer will be speaking at an ASFA New Directions conference in Sydney.

The head of the European Commission's economic department, Marco Buti, will speak at Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness and Social Renewal.

In the US, Mr Fisher will speak at a conference on monetary and fiscal challenges in the US and Europe.

IMF director of research Olivier Blanchard will speak at the Centre for International Governance Innovation about the current financial crisis.

On Friday, Minneapolis Federal Reserve president Narayana Kocherlakota will sit on a panel at a Federal Bank of Boston conference.