Econ Edge: The Economic Week

Here is a look at this week's economic news calendar:

Monday, Oct. 31

    September Personal Income & Spending (8:30 a.m. ET)

    [Income: expected: +0.4 percent / prior: -0.1 percent]

    [Spending: expected: +0.5 percent / prior: -0.5 percent]

    U.S. consumer spending rose 0.5 percent last month as post-hurricane insurance payments led to the biggest jump in income in 10 months, a government report showed Monday. Personal income jumped 1.7 percent, the biggest rise since December 2004, as insurance payments in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita rose at a $120 billion annual rate, the Commerce Department said.

    October Chicago Purchasing Managers Index (10:00 a.m. ET)

    [expected: 57.2 / prior: 60.5]

    the Chicago Purchasing Managers' Index climbed to 62.9 from September's reading of 60.5. Economists had beene expecting a decline.

    EIA Weekly Gas Price Survey (around 4:30 p.m. ET)

    The Energy Department reports that the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline fell by 12 cents to $2.48. That is well below the pre-Katrina price of $2.61, but still 22 percent above the price of gasoline one year ago.

Tuesday, Nov. 1 -- Fed Rate Decision

    September Construction Spending (10:00 a.m. ET)

    [expected: +0.6 percent / prior: +0.4 percent]

    The Commerce Department said construction activity rose 0.5 percent to an all-time high of $1.12 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in September as builders took advantage of interest rates that are still low by historical standards.

    October Institute of Supply Managers Index (10:00 a.m. ET)

    [expected: 57.0 / prior: 59.4]

    The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index was at 59.1 percent last month, down from September's 59.4 percent.

    Federal Reserve Interest Rate Decision (~2:15 p.m. ET)

    [Rate at 3.75 percent / expect a 0.25 percent increase]

    The Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to increase a key interest rate by a quarter-point, to 4 percent. This is the 12th rate increase since June 2004 and brings the "fed funds" rate to its highest point since June 2001.

Wednesday, Nov. 2

    EIA Weekly Petroleum Status Report (~10:30 a.m. ET)

    The federal Energy Information Administration said Wednesday that U.S. crude inventories rose by 2.7 million barrels to 319.1 million barrels, or 12 percent above year ago levels. Gasoline inventories grew by 1 million barrels to 196.9 million barrels, or 3 percent below year-ago levels.

Thursday, Nov. 3

    Q3 Productivity (8:30 a.m. ET)

    [expected: +2.3 percent / prior: +1.8 percent]

    The government said the nation's productivity during the third quarter shot up 4.1 percent; much better than the expected 2.3 percent jump most economists had been betting on.

    September Factory Orders (10:00 a.m. ET)

    [expected: +0.0 percent / prior: +2.5 percent]

    The Commerce Department said that orders to U.S. factories fell by a bigger-than-expected 1.7 percent in September, with part of the weakness stemming from hurricane-related shutdowns of energy facilities along the Gulf Coast.

    October ISM Services Index (10:00 a.m. ET)

    [expected: 57.0 / prior: 53.3]

    The Institute for Supply Management's services index rose to 60 in October, up from 53.3 in September and three points better than economists had forecast.

Friday, Nov. 4

    October Jobs Report (8:30 a.m. ET)

    [expected: +125,000 jobs and 5.1 percent unemployment / prior: -35,000 jobs and 5.1 percent unemployment]

    The Labor Department said America's payrolls grew by a rather tepid 56,000 in October, a sign that the nation's job market is slowly regaining its footing after the beaten administered to the Gulf Coast area by Hurricane Katrina. The unemployment rate dipped to 5 percent of the labor force.

Some information compiled from wire services.

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