Facebook and the Fed — 5 things to watch for this week by Laura Lorenzetti @FortuneMagazine October 26, 2014, 5:11 PM EDT E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons Hello friends and Fortune readers. Earnings season continues with yet another busy week of reports. We’ll see how major consumer food companies, like Kraft Foods KRFT and Kellogg’s K , are faring, as well as beverage brands of interest, including Starbucks SBUX and Anheuser-Busch InBev ABI . There’s also a host of economic data set to be released this week, and people will also be watching carefully to see what happens in New York City after a doctor was diagnosed with Ebola there. Here’s what to watch out for in the week ahead. 1. The state of social media. Twitter TWTR kicks off the social media company earnings on Monday, and tech watchers will be looking to see if the platform has added more users and increased its monetization of ads. Anything between 14 million and 17 million additional monthly active users are expected during the third quarter. Analysts anticipate the company will post earnings-per-share of 1 cent on $350.9 million in sales. Facebook’s FB earnings follow on Tuesday. The company’s ad numbers are expected to be strong as advertisers look to cash in on Facebook’s over 1.3 billion monthly active users and improving global click-through rates, which grew 195% year-over-year last quarter, according to a Nanigans report. Analysts expect earning-per-share of 40 cents on sales of $3.1 billion. Professional social site LinkedIn LNKD will bring up the rear on Thursday. Analysts anticipate earnings-per-share of 47 cents on $557.1 million in sales when it reports after market close. 2. Hershey’s reports earnings ahead of the Halloween holiday. The season of candy is upon us as kids and adults alike put the finishing touches on their Halloween costumes. Chocolate candy sales during last year’s trick-or-treat holiday hit $216 million, about 12% higher than the year prior, according to consumer research firm Packaged Facts. Look for any indication if this year is expected to be another record-setter when Hershey’s HSY reports its quarterly earnings on Wednesday. The Pennsylvania-based company raised prices 8% over the summer—the first price hike in three years. Even so, analysts expect sales to be up year-over-year to $2 billion with earnings-per-share of $1.08. 3. How was the U.S. economy doing last quarter? Economists slashed their forecasts for third-quarter US economic growth after an extremely volatile first half of the year. They expect gross domestic product to expand 3.1%, slower than the stellar 4.6% showing during the second quarter. The Commerce Department revised its quarterly estimate up further than the initially reported 4% growth. The latest GDP numbers will come out on Thursday, following a host of other economic reports including consumer confidence which is expected to be up ahead of the holiday shopping season. 4. The Federal Open Markets Committee meets behind closed doors. The FOMC meets Tuesday and Wednesday for one of its eight regularly scheduled meetings during the year. Following its close, the committee will hold a press conference at 2pm Wednesday to share an overview of their conversations. The official minutes, however, will not be released until about three weeks later. During the Fed’s last meeting, the group pledged to keep interest rates low for a “considerable time,” due to fears of slowing global growth and the risk that a stronger U.S. dollar could hinder national economic growth. Economists and business people alike will be listening for any update to when the Fed plans to raise interest rates, which many anticipate will happen in mid-2015. 5. Does Electronic Arts have anything to say about #GamerGate? Video game maker Electronic Arts EA has stayed mum on the turmoil sweeping through the gamer community. GamerGate, as it’s called, started as an outcry against what some saw as shoddy reporting on the industry and has grown into a full-on gender war. Actress Felicia Day had her personal information revealed after she spoke out against misogynistic threats, while NFL player Chris Kluwe was untouched after his scathing comments of the festering sexism. That’s only one example of the high tensions and targeted attacks that have plagued the community recently. (Here’s a good overview of GamerGate, if you’re just getting caught up.) Electronic Arts reports its third-quarter earnings on Tuesday, and analysts expect it to report earnings-per-share of 53 cents on sales of $1.2 billion. More importantly, though, many will be listening carefully on any response to the battle raging in the gamer industry. Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that Burger King Worldwide reports earnings this week. In fact, the fast-food chain will report its results on Nov. 4.