NEW HOME SALES
      Monday, Apr. 29, 10 a.m.EDT -- New homes sold at an annual rate of 695,000 in 
      March, down from 700,000 in February, projects economists surveyed by MMS 
      International, one of The McGraw-Hill Companies.
      
      EMPLOYMENT COSTS
      Tuesday, Apr. 30, 8:30 a.m.EDT -- Compensation likely rose 0.9% in the first 
      quarter.
      
      CONSUMER CONFIDENCE
      Tuesday, Apr. 30, 10 a.m.EDT -- The Conference Board's index of consumer 
      confidence probably stood at 98.2 in April.
      
      NAPM SURVEY
      Wednesday, May 1, 10 a.m.EDT -- The National Association of Purchasing 
      Management's business index likely rose to 48.1% in April, from 46.9% in March.
      
      CONSTRUCTION SPENDING
      Wednesday, May 1, 10 a.m.EDT -- Construction outlays likely rose 0.5% in March, 
      forecasts the MMS survey. Spending fell 0.9% in February.
      
      GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT
      Thursday, May 2, 8:30 a.m.EDT -- Real GDP grew at an annual rate of 1.7% in the 
      first quarter, after just a 0.5% advance in the fourth, says the MMS median 
      forecast.
      
      EMPLOYMENT
      Friday, May 3, 8:30 a.m.EDT -- Nonfarm payrolls probably rose 125,000 in April, 
      on top of 140,000 jobs in March. April's jobless rate was likely unchanged at 
      5.6%.
      
      PERSONAL INCOME
      Friday, May 3, 8:30 a.m.EDT -- Personal income probably rose 0.4% in March, 
      half the gain in February. Consumer spending likely edged up 0.3% in March, 
      after a 1.1% jump in February.
      
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