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On the Agenda: Forecasts, employee ownership, state of Escondido among week's topics

Last week Punxsutawney Phil made it official – San Diego businesses have to cope with six more weeks of winter. In the coming week there are numerous speakers and activities that will help us make it through the dreary days ahead.

The University of San Diego Law School presents the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Special Sitting. A three-judge panel will hear appeals of decisions from the U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California and Southern Nevada. After the hearing, the judges will stay to answer general questions from students and audience members. The panel starts at 10:30 a.m., Monday, at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on the USD campus. For information, call Kay Manansala at 619-260-4527 or email kaym@sandiego.edu.

Six Degrees San Diego presents a panel discussion on Real Estate Development and the Future of San Diego. Panel members are Rob Lankford, president, Lankford & Associates; Nathan Moeder, executive vice president, The London Group; and Colton Sudberry, president, Sudberry Properties. The event begins at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, at the Hall of Champions Museum in Balboa Park, 2131 Pan American Plaza. For details, contact sdmatt36@gmail.com.

Escondido Chamber of Commerce presents its annual State of the City Address by the mayor and City Council beginning at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. For details, contact Michele Pacheco at 760-745-2125 or mpacheco@escondidochamber.org.

The San Diego Military Advisory Council, or SDMAC, offers its monthly breakfast meeting featuring guest speaker Lt. Gen. Terry Robling, USMC, Deputy Commandant for Aviation. The breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, at the Admiral Kidd Catering & Conference Center, Naval Mine and ASW Complex on North Harbor Drive, San Diego.

Connect FrameWorks workshops presents the "Employee-Ownership Alternative: Building the Company You Want." Entrepreneurs have choices about the kind of company they want to create: the VC route -- giving up control over your destiny in exchange for funding -- is well-known. But entrepreneurs should also be aware of the choices that employee ownership can provide. The workshop runs from 8 to 10:30 a.m., Thursday, at the Sanford-Burnham Institute, 10905 Road to the Cure, San Diego. For details, contact Linda Wells at lwells@connect.org.

Robert Rauch, president of R.A. Rauch & Associates, presents "What All Hotel Owners Should Know in 2012." To understand the market and to help hoteliers capitalize on what’s to come, Rauch has brought together a team of fellow hotel and real estate experts to discuss their forecasts for the lodging community. The event runs from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, at Hilton Garden Inn, 3939 Ocean Bluff Ave., San Diego. For details email rauch@hotelguru.com.

Local earnings

Monday: Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. (AMLN), Cubic Corp. (CUB), Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. (NBIX), Viasat Inc. (VSAT)

Tuesday: Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc. (AVNR), Life Technologies Corp. (LIFE), Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (LGND), LRAD Corp. (LRAD), MaxLinear Inc. (MXL), Mitek Systems Inc. (MITK)

Wednesday: Biomed Realty Trust Inc. (BMR), Mad Catz Interactive Inc. (MCZ)

Thursday: Overland Storage Inc. (OVRL), Realty Income Corp. (O)

Friday: None

IPOs planned

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

Caesars Entertainment Corp. - Las Vegas, Nev., 1.8 million shares, priced $8 to $10, managed by Credit Suisse, Citigroup, and BofA Merrill Lynch. Proposed Nasdaq symbol CZR. Business: Diversified casino-entertainment provider with 52 casinos in 12 U.S. states and seven foreign countries.

Cementos Pacasmayo SAA - Lima, Peru, 20 million American depositary shares, each representing 5 common shares, priced $11.50 to $13, managed by J.P. Morgan. Proposed NYSE symbol CPAC. Business: Producer and distributor of cement and cement-related materials.

Ceres Inc. - Thousand Oaks, Calif., 5 million shares, priced $21 to $23, managed by Goldman Sachs amd Barclays. Proposed Nasdaq symbol CERE. Business: An agricultural biotechnology company selling seeds to produce renewable bioenergy feedstocks.

ChemoCentryx Inc. - Mountain View, Calif., 4 million shares, priced $14 to $16, managed by J.P. Morgan and Citigroup. Proposed Nasdaq symbol CCXI. Business: Biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing orally-administered therapeutics to treat autoimmune diseases, inflammatory disorders and cancer.

EPAM Systems Inc.- Newtown, Pa., 7.4 million shares, priced $16 to $18, managed by Citigroup, UBS, and Barclays. Proposed NYSE symbol EPAM. Business: Global IT services provider focused on software development and engineering services.

FX Alliance Inc. - New York, 5.2 million shares, priced $14 to $16, managed by BofA Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and Citigroup. Proposed NYSE symbol FX. Business: Provider of a foreign exchange trading platform used by institutional investors.

GSE Holding Inc. - Houston, 7 million shares, priced $8 to $10, managed by Oppenheimer, William Blair, and FBR Capital Markets. Proposed NYSE symbol GSE. Business: Global maker of containment products for mining, waste and water management.

Roundy's Inc. - Milwaukee, 18.2 million shares, priced $10 to $12, managed by Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan, and Jefferies. Proposed NYSE symbol RNDY. Business: Midwest supermarket chain with 158 stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois.

Synacor Inc. - Buffalo, N.Y., 6.8 million shares, priced $10 to $12, managed by BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and Stifel Nicolaus Weisel. Proposed Nasdaq symbol SYNC. Business: Provider of authentication and aggregation solutions for delivery of online content and services.

TVAX Biomedical Inc. - Lenexa, Kan., 2 million shares, prices $9 to $11, managed by Roth Capital. Proposed Nasdaq symbol TVAX. Business: Biotech company focused on cancer cell vacination and T cell cancer treatment.

National Events


Hasbro Inc. (HAS) and Yum Brands Inc. (YUM) report quarterly financial results.


The Labor Department releases job openings and the labor turnover survey for December; and the Federal Reserve issues consumer credit data for December.

Coca-Cola Co. (KO) and Walt Disney Co. (DIS) report quarterly financial results.


Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), CVS Caremark Corp. (CVS), Groupon Inc. (GRPN), News Corp. (NWSA), Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), Time Warner Inc. (TWX), and Visa Inc. (V) report quarterly financial results.


The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims; Freddie Mac reports on weekly mortgage rates; and the Commerce Department issues wholesale trade inventories for December.

LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD) and PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) report quarterly financial results.


The Commerce Department releases international trade data for December; and the Treasury issues the federal budget for January.

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