Unemployment Claims, PMI Data on Thursday's Calendar

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by: optionMONSTER

By Bryan McCormick

Today's economic calendar includes data from unemployment claims and purchasing managers.

Jobless Claims will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. The consensus forecast calls for a drop to 420,000 claims from last week's 429,000. The range of expectations is narrow, from a bullish 410,000 to a bearish 435,000.

The Chicago Purchasing Managers Index will come out at 9:45 a.m. ET. The so-called headline number is expected to come in at 54, down from last month's 56.6. Estimates range from a bearish 49.5 to a bullish 59. A move below 50 would indicate contraction,

A third item is the release of the Bloomberg Comfort Index at 9:45 a.m. ET, which we have not previously covered. There is no forecast for this index, which is constructed from a weekly random survey. We are simply noting that it is getting more play as an indicator.