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On Tap Today: Initial Claims for Unemployment and Consumer Sentiment Index Released

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Before heading out for the holiday, investors will get the chance to digest the rest of this week's economic data.

Three weekly indicators, the

Mortgage Applications Survey,

Initial Jobless Claims report, and

Consumer Comfort Index are released.

Chief among these indicators is the jobless claims data, which is considered a good gauge of the condition of the labor market and determinant of the tone of the

Employment Report, thought to be the single best measure of the health of the economy.

On a monthly note, November's

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Consumer Sentiment Index hits the Street, as the holiday shopping season picks up steam.

Economic Data


Forecasts are from


. Times are Eastern. For a longer-term economic calendar and more, see


Economic Databank.


  • 7 a.m.: Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ended Friday. Source: Mortgage Bankers Association. Refinancing Index: Forecast: n.a. Previous: 690.4. Purchase Index: Forecast: n.a. Previous: 327.1
  • 8:30 a.m.: Initial Jobless Claims for the week ended Saturday. Source: Labor Department. Forecast: 320,000. Previous: 326,000. Four-week average: Forecast: n.a. Previous: 322,250
  • 10 a.m.: Consumer Sentiment Index for November--final. Source: University of Michigan. Forecast: 106.4. Previous: 107.7 (Nov. prelim.), 105.8 (October)
  • 2 p.m.: The bond market closes early.
  • 6:30 p.m.: Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended Saturday. Source: Money Magazine and ABC News. Forecast: n.a. Previous: 29.