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Week Ahead: Inflation Data Keeps Focus on Fed

The Fed’s meeting may not be until later this month, but expect the market to be eyeing inflation, retail sales and other data for clues on what the central bank will do.

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Jeremy Glaser: For Morningstar, I'm Jeremy Glaser and welcome to The Week Ahead, our quick take on what investors should have on their radar screens for the week starting Sept. 12.

Even though the Fed doesn't meet until next week, speculation over the timing of the next rate will likely dominate.

Although the Consumer Price Index isn't the Fed's preferred measure of inflation, Friday's reading will still be closely watched. The central bank has had the space to take a wait-and-see approach on rates because of benign inflation, so signs that price levels are rising faster might increase the pressure to move sooner rather than later.

Retail sales data, industrial production, some regional manufacturing gauges, and consumer sentiment data are also due this week.

There isn't much happening on the earnings front, but we will hear from Oracle on Thursday. The big question for the firm remains if their growth in cloud computing can offset the challenges in the legacy database business.

Stay tuned to Morningstar for our take on all of these stories.

Jeremy Glaser does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.