The market's focus this morning will be the February Producer Price Index, the first of a pair of economic reports that will offer the last major clues to the Federal Open Market Committee's thinking as it heads into Tuesday's meeting. Tomorrow Wall Street will look at the Consumer Price Index .

Elsewhere today, watch for earnings from an unusually large non-earnings-season slate of big companies.

Expected Earnings Reports

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Economic Data

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  • 8:30 a.m.:Initial jobless claims for the week ended March 11. Source: Labor Department. Forecast: 280,000. Previous: 280,000 (four-week average: 277,500).
  • 8:30 a.m.:Producer Price Index for February. Source: Labor Department. Forecast: +0.5%. Previous: unchanged.
  • 8:30 a.m.:Housing starts and building permits for February. Source: Census Bureau. Forecast: 1.687 million. Previous: 1.755 million.
  • 10 a.m.:Philadelphia Fed Index for March. Source: Census Bureau. Forecast: 14.1. Previous: 13.3.