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The Week Ahead: Sept. 29-Oct. 3

KEY EVENT: Getting busy. A week of major government and corporate reports covering jobs, housing and manufacturing may give an early glimpse of how the economy is faring as the crucial fourth quarter begins.

MONDAY: Pending home sales from the National Association of Realtors and personal income and spending from the Commerce Department, both for August.

TUESDAY: Case-Shiller home prices for July. In June the closely watched report showed New York-area home prices at their highest point in five years. Also, Microsoft is expected to unveil Windows 9, an update for the operating system that powers 90 percent of the world's desktop computers. Earnings: Walgreen.

WEDNESDAY: Three September reports: motor vehicle sales from carmakers, ADP's estimate of private-sector jobs created and a survey of manufacturing activity from the Institute for Supply Management. Also, the Commerce Department releases August construction spending.

THURSDAY: Jobless benefits claims for the week ended Sept. 27 from the Labor Department. Also, August factory orders from the Commerce Department.

FRIDAY: The Labor Department releases jobs created and the unemployment rate in September. The August report disappointed some analysts because it showed fewer jobs created than expected.

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