The Week Ahead

LEADING INDICATORS

Monday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. EDT -- The Conference Board's composite index of leading indicators probably remained unchanged in August. That's according to the median forecast of economists surveyed by Standard & Poor's MMS, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. EDT -- The Conference Board's consumer confidence index for September likely tumbled to 105.5, from 114.3 in August. The forecasted drop is in response to the terrorist attacks and now-uncertain economic future.

EXISTING HOME SALES

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. EDT -- Sales of existing homes likely rose to an annual rate of 5.2 million in August, from 5.17 million in July.

DURABLE GOODS ORDERS

Thursday, Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- New orders for durable goods probably fell 1% in August, after declining 0.6% in July.

NEW RESIDENTIAL SALES

Thursday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. EDT -- New single-family home sales in August likely dropped to an annual rate of 920,000.

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (FINAL)

Friday, Sept. 28, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- The Commerce Dept.'s final look at the second-quarter economy is projected to show real GDP grew at an annual rate of 0.2%, unchanged from the preliminary estimate. Third-quarter real GDP is expected to fall 0.5%, the first time since 1993.

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