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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX

Tuesday, Apr. 17, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- Consumer prices for goods and services were probably up 0.2% in March. That is the median forecast of economists surveyed by Standard & Poor's MMS, a unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Excluding food and energy, the core index likely rose by 0.2%.

HOUSING STARTS

Tuesday, Apr. 17, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- Housing starts in March likely slipped to an annual rate of 1.62 million, from 1.65 million in February.

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION

Tuesday, Apr. 17, 9:15 a.m. EDT -- Industrial output in March is expected to fall 0.1% after declining 0.6% in February. The average operating rate probably slipped to 79.2% from 79.4%. The expected output drop would be the smallest since September.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Wednesday, Apr. 18, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- The February trade deficit in goods and services probably narrowed to $33 billion from $33.3 billion in January. Based on the S&P MMS survey, both imports and exports fell in February, reversing their gains of January.

LEADING INDICATORS

Wednesday, Apr. 18, 10 a.m. EDT -- The Conference Board's index of leading indicators probably fell 0.2% in March after slipping 0.2% in February.

FEDERAL BUDGET

Thursday, Apr. 19, 2 p.m. EDT -- The U.S. Treasury is expected to report a March deficit of $30 billion after a February deficit of $48.2 billion.


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