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The Week Ahead


LEADING INDICATORS

Monday, Apr. 21, 10 a.m. EDT -- The Conference Board's March index of leading indicators probably fell 0.2%, after a 0.4% drop in February. That's based on the median forecast of economists surveyed by MMS International.

BEIGE BOOK

Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2 p.m. EDT -- The Federal Reserve will publish its roundup of regional economic activity ahead of its May 6 policy meeting.

DURABLE GOODS ORDERS

Thursday, Apr. 24, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- New orders for durable goods most likely held steady in March, following a 1.6% drop in February. It is still uncertain how much business spending will pick up even with the military success in Iraq.

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT

Friday, Apr. 25, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- The economy is forecast to have grown at an annual rate of 2% in the first quarter, a little better than the 1.4% pace of the fourth quarter.

NEW RESIDENTIAL SALES

Friday, Apr. 25, 10 a.m. EDT -- New single-family home sales for March probably improved to an annual rate of 900,000.

EXISTING HOME SALES

Friday, Apr. 25, 10 a.m. EDT -- March resales were probably unchanged at a 5.8 million annual rate.


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