PRODUCER PRICE INDEX
      Wednesday, Nov. 13, 8:30 a.m.EST -- Producer prices of finished goods likely 
      rose 0.2% in October, the same gain as in September, according to the median 
      forecast of economists surveyed by MMS International, one of The McGraw-Hill 
      Companies. Oil prices, however, might have caused a larger increase. Excluding 
      food and energy, October prices probably edged up 0.2%, after a 0.3% rise in 
      September.
      
      FOMC MEETING
      Wednesday, Nov. 13 -- The Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve 
      will probably keep short-term interest rates unchanged at its policy-setting 
      meeting. That means the federal funds rate will remain at 5.25%.
      
      RETAIL SALES
      Thursday, Nov. 14, 8:30 a.m.EST -- Retail sales in October probably increased a 
      solid 0.5%, says the MMS report. Excluding cars, sales likely rose 0.4%. In 
      September, total purchases rose 0.7%, and nonauto sales increased 0.4%.
      
      CONSUMER PRICE INDEX
      Thursday, Nov. 14, 8:30 a.m.EST -- Prices likely increased 0.3% in October, 
      after a similar rise in September. Excluding food and energy, core prices 
      likely were up 0.2%, after a 0.3% September gain.
      
      INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION
      Friday, Nov. 15, 9:15 a.m.EST -- The MMS survey expects that output at 
      factories, mines, and utilities was unchanged in October. Factory payrolls 
      increased last month, but the workweek dropped. Production increased 0.2% in 
      September. October's average operating rate probably fell to 83.1%, from 83.3% 
      in September.
      
      BUSINESS INVENTORIES
      Friday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.EST -- Inventories held by manufacturers, wholesalers, 
      and retailers probably increased 0.4% in September, on top of a 0.5% gain in 
      August. Inventory accumulation accounted for almost all of the economic growth 
      last quarter.
      
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