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The Week Ahead: An Influx of Economic Data Releases

We're watching for the consumer price index, Fed minutes, and import-export prices.

This week, we will be looking at data releases from August and September. On Monday, the Federal Reserve Bank will report Consumer Credit. Last month, the index level was 0.92. The National Federation of Independent Business releases its Small Business Optimism Index on Tuesday. The September Consumer Price Index will also be released Tuesday after falling to 1.75% from 1.81%. August job openings and the Federal Open Market Committee's minutes from its September meeting will be released on Wednesday.

Core CPI will be released Thursday after an increase last month to 2.39% from 2.21%, and the Consumer Sentiment Index will be released on Friday. Last month, the index fell to 125.1 from 134.2, the largest drop since January. We will be watching for the U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes release on Friday with the ongoing trade war with China.