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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.         
Producer Price Index for October (percent change)
 Friday, November 9 at 8:30 a.m. ET                      Actual:        
                 Median         Range                Oct18  Sep18  Aug18
 Final Demand     +0.3%    +0.2% to +0.4%               --  +0.2%  -0.1% 
 Ex Food,Energy   +0.2%    +0.1% to +0.3%               --  +0.2%  -0.1%
     Comments: Final demand PPI is expected to rise 0.3% in October 
after a 0.2% September increase, showing some impact from Hurricane 
Michael on food and energy prices. Energy prices are expected to post a 
rebound following a 0.8% September decrease, while food prices are 
expected to tick up after a further 0.6% decline. Excluding food and 
energy prices, PPI is forecast to rise 0.2% after a 0.2% September 
University of Michigan Survey for November (preliminary)          
 Friday, November 9 at 10:00 a.m. ET                      Actual:        
                Median        Range                 Nov18p  Oct18  Sep18
 Consumer Sent    98.5     96.5 to 99.1                --    98.6  100.1
     Comments: The Michigan Sentiment index is expected to dip slightly 
to 98.5 in early-November from 98.6 in October. The sharp stock market 
declines in late-October put a damper on confidence.
--MNI Washington Bureau; +1 (973) 494-2611; email: