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The following is a daily rundown of the economic reports and corporate earnings that will be grabbing the market's attention in the week ahead.

MONDAY, March 31

Japan releases manufacturing PMI and industrial production data.

Euro zone releases inflation data, Germany releases retail sales, and France releases its latest revision on fourth-quarter GDP.

(830 am. ET) Canada releases gross domestic product by industry for January. Consensus calls for monthly growth of 0.4 per cent.

Earnings include: Partners Real Estate Investment Trust, Concordia Healthcare, Martinrea International, Claude Resources, Amaya Gaming, Caledonia Mining, Centric Health, Claude Resources.

TUESDAY, April 1

China releases March manufacturing purchasing managers index data.

Euro zone releases manufacturing PMI numbers for March. Germany also releases its employment report for March.

(830 a.m. ET) Statistics Canada releases the industrial product and raw materials price indexes for February.

(10 a.m. ET) Institute for Supply Management releases its U.S. manufacturing index for March. It's forecast to come in at 54.0.

(10 a.m. ET) U.S. Commerce Department releases construction spending for February. Economists expect a rise of 0.1 per cent.

Automakers release vehicle sales for March.

WEDNESDAY, April 2

(10 a.m. ET) U.S. Commerce Department releases factory orders for February. Consensus is for a rise of 1.2 per cent after shrinking 0.7 per cent in January.

Earnings include: Dominion Diamond, Acuity Brands, Monsanto, Texas Industries

THURSDAY, April 3

China releases non-manufacturing purchasing managers index data.

Euro zone releases retail sales and the composite purchasing mangers index.

(830 a.m. ET) U.S. Labor Department releases weekly initial jobless claims. They are forecast to rise to 319,000 from 311,000 the previous week.

(830 a.m. ET) U.S. Commerce Department releases international trade data for February. Consensus is for a deficit of $38.5-billion (U.S.), slightly narrower than January's $39.1-billion.

(830 a.m. ET) Statistics Canada releases the Canadian international merchandise trade figures for February. Consensus calls for a surplus of $200-million, reversing from a deficit of $177-million in January.

(10 a.m. ET) Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for March.

CIBC hosts the 19th annual Real Estate Conference, which will feature panel discussions with leading commercial real estate executives and focus on key issues and trends in the industry.

TD Bank holds annual meeting.

Earnings include: Global Payments, Investors Bancorp, Micron Technology, Perry Ellis International.

FRIDAY, April 4

Germany releases factory orders for February.

(830 a.m. ET) U.S. Labor Department releases employment data for March. Consensus calls for the unemployment rate to come in at 6.6 per cent, a decline of one notch, while nonfarm payrolls is forecast to rise by 195,000 after gaining 175,000 in February.

(830 a.m. ET) Statistics Canada releases the labour force survey for March. The consensus forecast is for 25,000 net new jobs, after the job market shrunk by 7,000 in February. The unemployment rate is expected to hold steady at 7.0 per cent.

 

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