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Week Ahead


•U.S. stock and bond markets are closed for Labor Day


•Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August

•Commerce Department reports on construction spending for July


•Commerce Department reports on international trade data for July

•Automakers report on vehicle sales for August


•Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data

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

•Selected chain retailers release August sales


•Labor Department releases employment data for August