The Week Ahead

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. EST -- The Conference Board's index of consumer confidence probably slipped to a reading of 124 for October, from 126 in September, says the median forecast of economists surveyed by Standard & Poor's MMS, a unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies. If so, then confidence has slipped for four months in a row. Global uncertainty, the stock market's gyrations, and political scandal are making households uneasy about the economy.

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