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    WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following are highlights of forecasts for 
upcoming U.S. economic indicators provided by Bloomberg forecasts. The 
comment section presents the key elements behind the median forecasts.
      September PCE (percent change)
Thursday, October 31 at 8:30 a.m. EST                         
                                                             Actual:
                    Median                           Sep19  Aug19 July19      
Income:              0.3                              --     0.4   0.1          
              
Spending:            0.3                              --     0.1   0.6
Curr Dollar:         0.2                              --     0.1   0.1
Total:               0.0                              --     0.0   0.2
Core:                0.1                              --     0.1   0.2
     Comments: The September Personal Consumption Expenditure categories are 
expected to show little change, with personal spending predicting a 
notable increase to 0.3% from 0.1%.  
      Q3 ECI (percent change)
Thursday, October 31 at 8:30 a.m. EST                         
                                                             Actual:
                    Median                            Q3      Q2     Q1      
Index:               0.7                              --     0.6    0.7
     Comments:  The quarterly report of the Employment Cost index is expected 
to rise slightly to 0.7% after 0.6% in the second quarter. Quarter one 
reported a 0.7%, making this change relatively normal. 
      October Chicago PMI (index)
Thursday, October 31 at 8:30 a.m. EST                         
                                                             Actual:
                    Median                            Sep19  Aug19 Jul19      
Index:                48.0                              --    47.1  50.4
     Comments: The MNI Chicago PMI for October is expected to tick upwards to 
48.0 from 47.1 in August.  
     Jobless Claims (thousands)
Thursday, October 31 at 8:30 a.m. EST                         
                                                             Actual:
                    Median                           Oct26  Oct19 Oct12    
Index:                215                              --    212   210   
     Comments: Jobless claims are expected to rise to the standard average of
215,000 in the week ending October 26th, compared to lower rates seen in the
prior two weeks. 
      October Nonfarm Payrolls (thousands)
Friday, November 1 at 8:30 a.m. EST                         
                                                             Actual:
                    Median                            Oct19  Sep19 Aug19      
Index:               85                                --     136   130
     Comments: Nonfarm payrolls are expected to drop to 85,000 in October 
from a stronger 136,000 reported in September.   
     October Private Payrolls (thousands)
Friday, November 1 at 8:30 a.m. EST                         
                                                             Actual:
                    Median                            Oct19  Sep19 Aug19      
Index:               80                                --     114    96
     Comments: Private Payrolls are expected to follow suit with Nonfarm 
Payrolls and drop to 80,000 after 114,000 reported in September.  
      October Unemployment Rate (percent change)
Friday, November 1 at 8:30 a.m. EST                         
                                                             Actual:
                    Median                            Oct19  Sep19 Aug19      
Index:               3.6                               --     3.5   3.7
     Comments: The unemployment rate is ticking up just slightly to 3.6 
from 3.5 in September. The August reading was 3.7, making this a fairly 
stable figure. 
     October Work Week Hours & Earnings (percent change & hours)
Friday, November 1 at 8:30 a.m. EST                         
                                                             Actual:
                    Median                            Oct19  Sep19 Aug19      
Hours:                34.4                             --    34.4   34.4
     Earnings:             0.3                              --    0.4     0.4 
     Comments: October work week hours are expected to remain around the
constant average of 34.4, while earnings are anticipated to soften to 0.3% after
two months of 0.4% upticks.  
     October ISM Manufacturing Index (index)
Friday, November 1 at 8:30 a.m. EST                         
                                                             Actual:
                    Median                            Oct19  Sep19 Aug19      
Index:               49.0                               --   47.8  46.0
     Comments: The ISM Manufacturing Index is projected to rise to 49 after
September's reading of 47.8. This would mark the fourth month of consecutive
increases. 
     September Construction Spending (percent change)
Friday, November 1 at 8:30 a.m. EST                         
                                                             Actual:
                    Median                            Sep19 Aug19 Jul19     
Change:              0.2                               --    0.1   0.1
     Comments: Construction Spending is expected to increase to 0.2% after
August's reading of 0.1%. 
     October Markit Manufacturing Index(index)
Friday, November 1 at 8:30 a.m. EST                         
                                                             Actual:
                    Median                            Oct19  Sep19 Aug19      
Index:               51.5                              --    51.5  50.3
     Comments: The Markit Manufacturing Index is expected to remain unchanged at
51.5.
--MNI London Bureau; tel: +44 203-586-2225; email: les.commons@marketnews.com
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