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BUSINESS INVENTORIES

Monday, Apr. 15, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- Inventories probably were unchanged in February. That's based on the median forecast of economists surveyed by Standard & Poor's MMS, a unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies. In January, inventories grew 0.2%.

CONSUMER PRICE INDEX

Tuesday, Apr. 16, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- Consumer prices for goods and services are forecast to have jumped 0.5% in March, due largely to higher gasoline prices, after a 0.2% rise in February. Excluding food and energy, core prices in March likely rose by 0.2%.

NEW RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION

Tuesday, Apr. 16, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- Housing starts in March probably fell 4%, to an annual rate of 1.70 million.

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION

Tuesday, Apr. 16, 9:15 a.m. EDT -- Factory output in March is forecast to have risen 0.4% for a second straight month. The average operating rate in March probably rose to 75%.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Wednesday, Apr. 17, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- The trade deficit probably widened to $29.5 billion in February.

LEADING INDICATORS

Thursday, Apr. 18, 10 a.m. EDT -- The Conference Board's March composite index of leading economic indicators likely rose 0.3%.

FEDERAL BUDGET

Thursday, Apr. 18, 2 p.m. EDT -- The U.S. Treasury is expected to report a $54 billion deficit for March, after a February deficit of $28.5 billion.


Steve Ballmer, Power Forward
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