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What to Watch in the Week Ahead and on Monday, Aug. 31

(The Day Ahead is an email and PDF publication that includes the day's major stories and events, analyses and other features. To receive The Day Ahead, Eikon users can register at . Thomson One users can register at RT/DAY/US. All times in ET/GMT) WEEK AHEAD The month of August mercifully comes to an end for markets next week, leaving investors looking to September, the Federal Reserve, and a whole lot of data next week that includes manufacturing surveys, car sales, factory orders and of course, the jobs report. Fed members have been wavering on their desire to raise rates, so next week's figures will loom large in that calculation. Data on Friday is expected to show nonfarm payrolls increased 220,000 in August and the unemployment rate remained at 5.2 percent. Short-term bond yields and federal funds proxies would suggest that even after the tumult, expectations for a rate hike are back to where they had been - leaning closer to December than September, but still of a mind that it will happen soon. Given the late-week equity market recovery, that could be taken in stride.

Discount retailer Dollar Tree Inc is expected to report on Tuesday a second-quarter profit slightly below the average analyst estimate. The company dethroned Dollar General Corp as the top U.S. discount retailer by store count after it won a takeover battle for rival Family Dollar Stores Inc. With the deal closing in July, analysts are looking for any revision in the company's full-year forecast. Analysts say Dollar Tree has a lot of work to do on the Family Dollar business and this may cause disruption for both.

Campbell Soup Co releases its fourth-quarter results on Thursday. The maker of Pepperidge Farm cookies and Goldfish crackers is struggling to grow as consumer tastes shift toward less processed foods. In July, Campbell cut its long-term organic sales growth forecast to 1-3 percent from 3-4 percent to reflect the slow-growth environment in the packaged foods industry. The company is also reducing costs through job cuts and implementing zero-based budgeting, which requires managers...


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