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THE WEEK AHEAD

PERSONAL INCOME

Monday, Mar. 3, 8:30 a.m.EST -- Income likely grew just 0.1% in January, while

consumer spending rose 0.5%. Those are the median forecasts of economists

surveyed by MMS International, one of The McGraw-Hill Companies. In December,

income surged 0.8% and spending was up 0.5%.

CONSTRUCTION SPENDING

Monday, Mar. 3, 10 a.m.EST -- Building spending was likely flat in January

after slipping 0.7% in December.

NAPM SURVEY

Monday, Mar. 3, 10 a.m.EST -- The National Association of Purchasing

Management's business index probably rose to 52.5% in February, from 52% in

January.

LEADING INDICATORS

Tuesday, Mar. 4, 10 a.m.EST -- The index of leading indicators was likely up

0.1% in January, the same gain reported in December.

NEW HOME SALES

Tuesday, Mar. 4, 10 a.m.EST -- New homes probably sold at an annual rate of

750,000 in January, says the MMS survey. That's a drop from December's 783,000

rate.

FACTORY INVENTORIES

Thursday, Mar. 6, 10 a.m.EST -- Factory inventories probably rose 0.2% in

January, after falling 0.3% in December. Orders likely increased 0.7% in

January, partly reversing a 1.3% December drop.

EMPLOYMENT

Friday, Mar. 7, 8:30 a.m.EST -- The MMS survey calls for a 210,000 gain in

nonfarm payrolls in February, after the 271,000 added in January. The

unemployment rate likely fell to 5.3% from 5.4% in January. A

higher-than-expected job gain or a jobless rate of 5% could rock the financial

markets.

CONSUMER CREDIT

Friday, Mar. 7, 3 p.m.EST -- Installment debt likely rose by $5.5 billion in

January on top of $4.9 billion borrowed in December.


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