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     WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following are highlights of forecasts for   
upcoming U.S. economic indicators provided by participants in the MNI   
weekly survey. The comment section presents the key elements behind the 
median forecasts.        
Consumer Price Index for May (percent change)                           
 Tuesday, June 12 at 8:30 a.m. ET                        Actual:        
              Median         Range                   May18  Apr18  Mar18
 CPI          +0.2%      +0.1% to +0.3%                 --  +0.2%  -0.1%
 CPI Core     +0.2%      +0.1% to +0.2%                 --  +0.1%  +0.2%
     Comments: The CPI is expected to rise 0.2% in May following weaker 
than expected readings in the previous two months. The year/year rates  
should increase after little movement in April. AAA reported another    
modest gain in mid-month prices from April, which could support a       
further increase in CPI gasoline prices. The core CPI is forecast to    
increase 0.2% following a softer-than-expected 0.1% increase in April.  
Treasury Statement for May ($ billions)                                 
 Tuesday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m ET                         Actual:        
             Median           Range              May18    Apr18    May17
 Balance     -$135.5    -$144.0 to -$120.0          -- +$214.3b  -$88.4b
     Comments: The US Treasury is expected to post a $135.5 billion     
deficit for May, widening from the $88.4 billion gap in May 2017.       
Producer Price Index for May (percent change)                           
 Wednesday, June 13 at 8:30 a.m. ET                      Actual:        
                 Median         Range                May18  Apr18  Mar18
 Final Demand    +0.2%      +0.1% to +0.3%              --  +0.1%  +0.3%
 Ex Food,Energy  +0.2%      +0.2% to +0.2%              --  +0.2%  +0.3%
     Comments: Final demand PPI is expected to grow 0.2% in May after a 
modest 0.1% gain in April. Energy prices are expected to be neutral     
following a 0.1% April increase, while food prices are expected to rise 
after sharp movements in the previous two months. Excluding food and    
energy prices, PPI is forecast to increase 0.2% again after a 0.2%      
increase in the previous month.                                         
Weekly Jobless Claims for June 9 week                                   
 Thursday, June 14 at 8:30 a.m. ET                        Actual:       
                 Median       Range                  Jun09  Jun02  May26
 Weekly Claims   225k      224k to 225k                 --   222k   223k
     Comments: The level of initial jobless claims is expected to rise  
by 3,000 to225,000 in the June 9 week after falling by only 1,000 to    
222,000 in the previous week, keeping the level in its tight range. The 
four-week moving average would rise by 500 in the coming week as the    
223,000 level in the May 12 week drops out of the calculation, assuming 
the MNI forecast is correct and there are no revisions.    
Retail and Food Sales for May (percent change)                          
 Thursday, June 14 at 8:30 a.m. ET                       Actual:        
               Median         Range                  May18  Apr18  Mar18
 Retail Sales  +0.4%       Flat to +0.6%                --  +0.2%  +0.7%
 Ex-Mtr Veh    +0.5%      +0.3% to +0.6%                --  +0.3%  +0.4%
     Comments: Retail sales are forecast to increse 0.4% in May after a 
somewhat tamer reading in April. Seasonally adjusted industry motor     
vehicle sales roughly unchanged in May, while AAA reported that gasoline
prices rose sharply in mid-May from one month earlier. Retail sales are 
expected to grow 0.5% excluding motor vehicles after a 0.3% gain in     
April. Annual revisions will be included with the data.                 
Business Inventories for April (percent change)                         
 Thursday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET                      Actual:        
              Median           Range                 Apr18  Mar18  Feb18
 Inventories  +0.3%        +0.2% to +0.3%               --   Flat  +0.6%
     Comments: Business inventories are expected to increase 0.3% in    
April. Factory inventories were already reported as up 0.3% in the      
month, while wholesale inventories rose 0.1%. The advance report showed 
a 0.6% gain for retail inventories. Taken together, an MNI calculation  
looks for a 0.3% increase for business inventories, so the median       
forecast suggests analysts see no revisions to retail inventories. As   
for sales, factory shipments were flat, wholesale sales jumped 0.8% and 
the advance estimate for retail trade sales was a 0.4% gain, suggesting 
a 0.4% rise for business sales, assuming no revision to the retail trade
sales increase. Annual revisions to the factory, wholesale, and retail  
data, all released in late-May, will be included in this month's        
Empire State Index for June (diffusion index)                           
 Friday, June 15 at 8:30 a.m. ET                         Actual:        
                 Median        Range                 Jun18  May18  Apr18
 Empire Index    19.0       18.0 to 20.1                --   20.1   15.8
     Comments: The Empire State index is expected to soften to a reading
of 19.0 in June after rising to 20.1 in May.                            
Industrial Production for May (percent change)                          
 Friday, June 15 at 9:15 a.m. ET                         Actual:        
              Median          Range                  May18  Apr18  Mar18
 Ind Prod     +0.2%       -0.6% to +0.3%                --  +0.7%  +0.7%
 Cap Util     78.0%       77.4% to 78.2%                --  78.0%  77.6%
     Comments: Industrial production is expected to grow 0.2% in May    
after gains in the previous three months. Factory payrolls rose by      
18,000 in May, while auto production jobs fell by 4,000 and the factory 
workweek fell to 40.8 hours from 41.0 hours in April. The ISM production
index rose to 61.5 in the current month from 57.2 in the previous month,
suggesting manufacturing production did not suffer from the slightly    
shorter workweek. Utilities production is expected to slow in the month 
after a weather-related gain in the previous month, but mining          
production could post another gain. Capacity utilization is forecast to 
stay at 78.0%, unchanged from April.                                    
University of Michigan Survey for June (preliminary)                    
 Friday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m. ET                         Actual:       
                Median        Range                  Jun18p May18  Apr18
 Consumer Sent  98.8       97.0 to 99.0                  --  98.0   98.8
     Comments: The Michigan Sentiment index is expected to rise modestly
to 98.8 in early-June after falling slightly to 98.0 in May.            
--MNI Washington Bureau; +1 202-371-2121; email:
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