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US Data: Highlights of MNI Survey of Economic Forecasts

Repeats Story Initially Transmitted at 21:06 GMT Sep 18/17:06 EST Sep 18
     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.                                                       
     Weekly Jobless Claims (thousands) September Week 16
Thursday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m. ET                   Actual:        
                       Median                     Sep14    Sep7    Aug31   
Claims                +213k                        --      +204k   +217k
          Comments: Jobless claims are forecasted to increase by 215,000, a 
more trend-like figure after hitting a five-month low of 204,000 in the 
week ended Sept. 7. 
     Q2 Current Account Balance (billions) 
Thursday, September 19 at 8:30 a.m. ET                   Actual:        
                       Median                 Q219      Q119        Q418  
Balance             -$127.4b                   --    -$130.4b   -$143.9b
          Comments: The U.S. current account deficit is projected to narrow 
to -$125.7 billion in the second quarter from -$130.4 billion in the 
     Leading Indicators (percent change)
Thursday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m. ET                   Actual:               
                    Median                         Aug19  Jul19    Jun19
Percent             +0.1%                           --    +0.5%    -0.1%
          Comments: Leading indicators are expected to rise by 0.1% in 
August, slowing from a stronger July reading of 0.5%.
--MNI Washington Bureau; +1 202 371 2121; email:

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