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The Week Ahead: Jobs Report Takes Center Stage Again

Employment data will be closely watch by the market and the Fed this week. Plus, the ISM index, auto sales, and updates from Darden and Yum.

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Jeremy Glaser: For Morningstar, I'm Jeremy Glaser, and welcome to The Week Ahead.

The fourth quarter gets started with some important data which will likely be closely watched by the Fed in deciding to hike rates this year or not. Top of that list is September's jobs report, which is due on Friday. We'll be watching to see if the labor market remains broadly healthy, if wages are rising, and if there are any revisions to August's numbers.

The ISM index, auto sales, and factory orders will provide a snapshot of the strength of the manufacturing sector.

There are only a handful of earnings this week before reporting seasons kicks off in earnest. We'll get an update on Darden's turnaround of its core Olive Garden brand. The market will also be looking to see if Yum's China business continues to post operating improvements ahead of its spin-off.

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.