NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It will be a quiet trading week ahead of the three-day Labor Day weekend in the U.S. but earnings from major retailers and important economic data are still expected.
On Tuesday come a wealth of data including auto sales, the Purchasing Managers' Manufacturing Index, the Institute for Supply Management's Manufacturing Index and data on construction spending. The purchasing manager's index will be the last key data ahead of the Federal Reserve's September meeting.
Also Tuesday come earnings from H&R Block (HRB - Get Report) and Dollar Tree (DLTR - Get Report). TheStreet's Jim Cramer said Dollar Tree's merger with Family Dollar is a positive for the company. "I think that the merger is brilliant," he said. "I think that Dollar Tree is a better operator than Dollar General (DG)."
On Wednesday, comes the ADP Employment Report, productivity and labor cost numbers, the Beige Book and Factory Orders. The Beige Book, detailing current economic conditions, is used by the Federal Reserve during its policy meetings.
Reporting earnings Wednesday are Costco (COST), Five Below (FIVE) and retailer Vera Bradley (VRA - Get Report). Thursday, come data on international trade, jobless claims and the ISM Non-Manufacturing Index. Campbell Soup (CPB - Get Report) and Verifone Systems (PAY) report earnings.
Finally, on Friday, comes the government's August jobs report.