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Week Ahead


•Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for November

•Commerce Department reports on October construction spending

•Automakers release vehicle sales figures for November.


•Labor Department releases third-quarter productivity data

•Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for November

•Commerce Department reports on factory orders for October


•Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims numbers

•Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, reports on weekly mortgage rates


•Labor Department releases employment data for November

•Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for October