Jobs Data in Focus as Earnings Season Winds Down

Kashkari, Bostic, and Mester are slated to speak

by Karee Venema

Published on Mar 28, 2018 at 3:17 PM

Jobs data will be on Wall Street's radar next week, with ADP private payrolls due out on Wednesday, and the Labor Department's March jobs update slated for release on Friday. A handful of Fed speakers could also spark some volatile trading, while a relatively light earnings calendar features high-profile homebuilder Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN) and takeover target Finish Line Inc (NASDAQ:FINL).

Below is a brief list of some key market events scheduled for the upcoming week. All earnings dates listed below are tentative and subject to change. Please check with each company's respective website for official reporting dates.

Markit's purchasing managers manufacturing index (PMI) will kick off a busy day of economic activity on Monday, April 2. Wall Street will also see the Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) manufacturing survey and construction spending data. Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari will speak after the close. Conn's (CONN) will report earnings.

Motor vehicle sales will be released on Tuesday, April 3. Kashkari will take the stage again as the opening bell rings. Dave & Buster's (PLAY) and Finish Line (FINL) are slated to step into the earnings confessional.

Wednesday, April 4, brings the ADP private sector jobs report, Markit's PMI services index, factory orders, the ISM non-manufacturing index, and the weekly crude inventories update. Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester is scheduled to speak. Acuity Brands (AYI), Lennar (LEN), Fred's (FRED), and Ollie's Bargain Outlet (OLLI) will unveil earnings.

International trade data and weekly jobless claims are due out on Thursday, April 5, while Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic is set to speak. Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) will report earnings. 

The headline event on Friday, April 6, will be the release of the March jobs report. Earnings from Monsanto (MON) are due.

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