Monday kicks off the start of the year’s final quarter. It comes on a busy week filled with economic data that will end with a snapshot of the current job market.
Fed Chief Ben Bernanke gets the week going with a monetary policy speech on Monday followed by the release of September FOMC meeting minutes on Thursday.
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On Wednesday, President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney will participate in a debate. There could be some economical tidbits that market watchers will cling to and react on Thursday.
During the week, also look for corporate news from earnings reports.
News from abroad will include China’s September manufacturing activity numbers and possible reports from the European Central Bank’s possible progress on the area’s debt crisis. On Thursday, the ECB will have a policy meeting.
Take a look at the week ahead.
Monday: SM September manufacturing PMI and August construction spending
Tuesday: September vehicle sales
Wednesday: ADP September jobs survey and ISM September non-manufacturing PMI
Thursday: Weekly jobless claims and August factory orders
Friday: September nonfarm payrolls and August consumer credit