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US Data: Highlights of Market Estimates of Economic Forecasts

     WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following are highlights of forecasts for upcoming
U.S. economic indicators provided by Bloomberg estimates. The comment section
presents the key elements behind the median forecasts. 
November Durable Goods Orders (percent change)
 Monday, December 23 at 8:30 a.m. ET                    
                          Median                          Nov19  Oct19  Sep19
New orders                  1.5%                             --    0.6   -1.4
Ex trans                    0.2%                             --    0.6   -0.4
        Comments: The November durable goods report is expected to show new
orders rising +1.5%, faster than October's +0.6%. Excluding transportation,
orders are expected to rise 0.2%. 
November New Home Sales (thousands & percent change)
 Monday, December 23 at 10:00 a.m. EST                         
                    Median                            Nov19  Oct19  Sep19     
Sales:                 730                               --    733    738
Percent Change:       -0.4                               --   -0.7   4.5%
     Comments: November new home sales are expected to fall by -0.4% to 730,000
from October's 733,000. New home sales in October and September were the two
best months for a period over 12 years.
Weekly Jobless Claims
 Thursday, December 26 at 8:30 a.m. ET                    
                  Median:                               Dec21  Dec14  Dec07
Initial Claims     234K                                    --   234K   252K
     Comments: Weekly jobless claims are expected to stay steady at 234K for the
week ending December 21. 
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