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On The Agenda: Local events lead up to Groundhog Day

Will it be six more weeks of winter for San Diego? Instead of running from your shadow and returning to hibernation, check out one or more of the local business events this week while you wait for Punxsutawney Phil to make his decision.

Review court rules and court changes for 2013 at the San Diego Legal Secretaries Association's membership meeting seminar on Monday. Speakers will be Thomas J. Eral, Legal Services Division SDSC, and Barbara Bleichwehl, court operations manager, Central Business Office. The seminar starts at 5:15 p.m. at The Westgate Hotel on 1055 Second Ave.

Network with the San Diego chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners at a wine and cheese event on Monday. This quarterly event offers a work and meeting space designed for women entrepreneurs that offers hourly, daily and monthly membership options. Participants will enjoy wine and cheese while making new connections and saying hello to old friends. The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hera Hub – Mission Valley on 8885 Rio San Diego Drive, Suite 237.

The CFA Society San Diego chapter presents "Municipal Debt: The State of California Public Finance" on Tuesday. A panel of experts in the field of municipal debt investing and former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio will provide varying perspectives on the many financial issues facing California's cities, counties and agencies. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla on 3777 La Jolla Village Drive.

The Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. hosts an installation luncheon to honor the Merit Shop on Tuesday. ABC contractors, board members and industry professionals will gather to honor the Merit Shop at the Hyatt La Jolla. The special guest will be Capt. Clifford M. Maurer, commanding officer of NAVFAC Southwest. The luncheon runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla on 3777 La Jolla Village Drive.

The Society for Marketing Professional Services San Diego chapter hosts a luncheon on Wednesday on "Federal Program: The Pursuit of Happiness." The panel will feature key administering officers from the VA, GSA, Army Corps of Engineers and NAVFAC Southwest, who will provide insight into the next multibillion dollar phase of projects in planning, and the means and methods to plan an RFP response. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel on 7450 Hazard Center Drive.

Connect presents, "Look Near First: Get Coached to get Answers when Deciding about Outsourcing," on Wednesday. This event will help those who are questioning whether to take some or all business production needs out of the region or country. During this workshop, David Pyke, dean of the School of Business Administration at USD will discuss outsourcing options and how to think strategically to make a decision. The event runs from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Room A/B on 5998 Alcala Park.

Poway Chamber of Commerce's January Mixer is on Thursday. The night of networking and fun will be at Sportsplex USA from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on 12349 McIvers Court in Poway.

Connect Timely Topics presents, "The Health Care Reform Act" on Thursday. This forum will provide information on the overall impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, how employers can calculate costs associated with health care reform, and understanding the tax consequences and health care insurance changes. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at AMN Healthcare on 12400 High Bluff Drive, Suite 100 in Del Mar.

The Greater San Diego Association of Realtors hosts the Commercial Real Estate Alliance Dealmakers Awards on Thursday. The Commercial Real Estate Alliance of San Diego recognizes San Diego brokers and brokerage teams who have completed significant transactions in San Diego and other U.S. markets. The event runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the San Diego Yacht Club on 1011 Anchorage Lane.

The East County Chapter of the Lawyers Club presents its Red, White & Brew event on Thursday. The event will feature a pairing of four wine and beer tastings with a food tasting. The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center on 200 Harbor Drive, Suite 120.

The San Diego Convention Center hosts "West 2013: Pivot to the Pacific: What are the Practical and Global Implications?" The event is co-sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute and AFCEA International, and runs from Jan. 29 through Jan. 31. West 2013 is the largest professional development event on the West Coast for communications, electronics, intelligence, information systems, imaging, military weapon systems, aviation and shipbuilding.

Also at the Convention Center from Jan. 29 through Jan. 31 is the DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition. This smart grid conference and expo will cover automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, advanced metering, T&D system operation and reliability, power delivery equipment and water utility technology.

The Utility Products Conference & Exposition also runs from Jan. 29 through Jan. 31 at the Convention Center. The event brings together buyers and sellers of power, telecom, CATV and water equipment, and provides an opportunity to learn first-hand about the industry's latest products. The Convention Center is located on 111 W. Harbor Drive.


Local earnings

Monday: Illumina Inc. (ILMN)

Tuesday: Websense Inc. (WBSN)

Wednesday: Callaway Golf Co. (ELY), Cohu Inc. (COHU), Cymer Inc. (CYMI), Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), ServiceNow Inc. (NOW)

Thursday: Mitek Systems Inc. (MITK)

Friday: None


IPOs planned

The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week:

Gladstone Land Corp. - McLean, Va., 3.33 million shares, priced at $15 each, managed by Janney Montgomery Scott, and JMP Securities. Proposed Nasdaq symbol LAND. Business: Externally managed REIT formed to invest in farmland located in major agricultural markets throughout the United States.

KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc. - South San Francisco, Calif., 3.85 million shares, priced $12 to $14, managed by Leerink Swann. Proposed Nasdaq symbol KBIO. Business: Biopharmaceutical focused on therapeutics that treat respiratory diseases and cancer.

Stemline Therapeutics Inc. - New York, 2.275 million shares, priced $10 to $12, managed by Aegis Capital. Proposed Nasdaq symbol STML. Business: Biotech developing treatments that target cancer stem cells and tumor bulk.

TRI Pointe Homes Inc. - Irvine, Calif., 11.7 million shares, priced $14 to $16, managed by Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, and FBR Capital Markets. Proposed NYSE symbol TPH. Business: Designs, constructs and sells innovative single-family homes in planned communities in major metropolitan areas of California.

Zoetis Inc. - New York, 86.1 million class A shares, priced $22 to $25, managed by J.P. Morgan, BofA Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley. Proposed NYSE symbol ZTS. Business: A global leader in the discovery, development, manufacture and commercialization of animal health medicines and vaccines.


National Events


The Commerce Department issues durable goods for December; and the National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for December.

Caterpillar Inc. and Yahoo Inc. report quarterly financial results.


Standard & Poor's issues the S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for November; the Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for January; and the Federal Reserve policymakers begin a two-day meeting to set interest rates.

Amazon.com Inc., Chrysler, Ford Motor Co., Pfizer Inc., and United States Steel Corp. report quarterly financial results.


The Commerce Department reports the fourth-quarter gross domestic product; and the Federal Reserve policymakers meet to set interest rates, statement expected at 11:15 a.m.

The Boeing Co., Facebook Inc., and Nintendo, the Japanese video game maker, report quarterly financial results.


The Labor Department issues weekly jobless claims and the fourth-quarter employment cost index; Freddie Mac releases weekly mortgage rates; and the Commerce Department reports personal income and spending for December.

Aetna Inc., Altria Group Inc., MasterCard Inc., United Parcel Service Inc., Viacom Inc., Honda Motor, the Japanese automaker, and Royal Dutch Shell, the multinational oil and gas company, report quarterly financial results.


The Labor Department issues employment data for January; the Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for January; the Commerce Department reports construction spending for December; and automakers release vehicle sales for January.

Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp., Mattel Inc., and Merck & Co. Inc. report quarterly financial results.

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