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The week ahead: May 7 to 11

The take-home pay of U.S. chief executives grew

The take-home pay of U.S. chief executives grew at least 10 percent in 2011, propelled largely by a stock market rally, according to consultants' estimates. Credit: iStock

KEY EVENT: Small in name only. Small businesses employ half of all private-sector workers and account for 65 percent of all new jobs created. The National Federation of Independent Business releases its small business optimism index for April on Tuesday, and it will be closely watched because last month's data showed a stark downturn in the mood of small-business owners.

MONDAY: Consumer credit for March from the Federal Reserve. Earnings: Tyson Foods, Edgewood aircraft parts maker CPI Aerostructures, Port Washington-based shopping center owner Cedar Realty Trust.

TUESDAY: Earnings from Melville medical products distributor Henry Schein, Long Island's biggest company in terms of revenue. Also posting earnings: Walt Disney and two Lake Success companies, financial data provider Broadridge Financial Solutions and auto industry software maker DealerTrack Holdings.

WEDNESDAY: Wholesale trade for March from the Commerce Department. Earnings: Cisco Systems, Macy's, Hauppauge communications systems provider Globecomm.

THURSDAY: Jobless claims for the week ended May 5 from the Labor Department. Earnings: Plainview test equipment supplier Aeroflex Holding, Islandia software maker CA Technologies, Melville tool maker P&F Industries.

FRIDAY: The Labor Department posts April producer prices, often seen as an early warning sign of inflation.

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