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Economic News This Week

November Producer Prices to be reported at 8:30 AM EST on Tuesday are expected to increase 0.5% versus a gain of 04% in October. Excluding food and energy, November PPI are expected to increase 0.3% versus a decline of 0.6% in October.

November Retail Sales to be reported at 8:30 AM EST on Tuesday are expected to increase 0.8% versus a gain of 1.2% in October. Excluding autos, November Retail Sales are expected to increase 0.6% versus a gain of 0.4% in October.

October Business Inventories to be reported at 10:00 on Tuesday are expected to increase 0.6% versus a gain of 0.9% in September.

Results of the FOMC meeting are expected to be announced at 2:15 PM EST. The Fed Fund rate is expected to remain unchanged at 0.25%.

November Consumer Prices to be reported at 8:30 AM EST on Wednesday are expected to increase 0.2% versus a gain of 0.2% in October. Excluding food and energy, November CPI is expected to increase 0.1% versus no change in October.

November Industrial Production to be reported at 9:15 AM EST is expected to increase 0.3% versus no change in October. November Capacity Utilization is expected to increase to 75.0% from 74.8% in October.

November Housing Starts to be reported at 8:30 AM EST on Thursday are expected to increase to 545,000 units from 519,000 units in October. November Building Permits are expected to increase to 575,000 units from 550,000.

The December Philly Fed report to be reported at 10:00 AM EST on Thursday is expected to slip to 14.1 from 22.5 in November.

November Leading Economic Indicators to be reported at 10:00 AM EST on Friday is expected to improve 1.2% versus a gain of 0.5% in October.

Earnings News This Week

Tuesday sees Best Buy.

Thursday sees Fedex, General Mills and Research in Motion