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The Week Ahead


Tuesday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. EDT -- The Conference Board's index of leading indicators likely fell 0.2% in August, after rising 0.3% in both June and July. That's based on the median forecast of economists surveyed by Standard & Poor's MMS, a unit of The McGraw-Hill Cos.VEHICLE SALES

Tuesday, Oct. 5 -- Car companies will begin reporting September sales, which are expected to decline after soaring in August to annual rate of 17.6 million.FOMC MEETING

Tuesday, Oct. 5, -- The Federal Reserve's policymaking Federal Open Market Committee will meet to set interest rates. Analysts generally expect no change in the current 5.25% federal funds rate. A decision is expected at about 2:15 p.m.FACTORY INVENTORIES

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. EDT -- Manufacturers' inventories are expected to have risen by 0.4% in August after increasing by 0.5% in July. Factory inventory growth is expected to speed up in the second half, adding to economic


Thursday, Oct. 7, 3 p.m. EDT -- Households are expected to have increased their debt by $5.8 billion in August, after adding $8.8 billion in July.EMPLOYMENT REPORT

Friday, Oct. 8, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- Nonfarm payrolls are expected to have increased by 215,000 in September, after posting a small 124,000 gain in August, based on the S&P MMS survey. The unemployment rate is projected to edge up to 4.2%, from 4.1% in August. Wages are expected to grow 0.3%, compared with 0.2% in August.

Steve Ballmer, Power Forward
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