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Pre-Market Primer: US Economic Data Falls Off a Cliff Before Spanish Budget Announcement

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But stocks are still set to reverse the past week's losses.

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A silver lining in today's data was that initial claims for unemployment insurance plummeted to 359,000 last week from 382,000 two weeks ago. This beat the consensus estimate of 375,000.

The National Association of Realtors will release pending home sales data at 10:00 a.m. EDT. This indicator is expected to show a rise in sales of 0.3%.

European stocks rose today ahead of the press conference and Spanish 10-year notes rallied. Economic sentiment fell more than expected this month in the European Union. The EU's index fell to 85.0 from 86.1 in August. Industrial profits in China fell 6.2% in August after falling 5.4% in July, a fifth straight month of declines.

Nike (NYSE:NKE) and Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) could experience active trading today as the two companies are set to report earnings results for their latest fiscal quarters. Nike is expected to book a profit of $1.12 per share on revenue of $6.43 billion down from $1.36. Demand for Nike's products in China and Europe probably wore on earnings.

The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone will report after the bell. Amidst layoffs and unending delays for the release of BlackBerry 10, the product line that is supposed to rescue the brand, analysts are expecting a third straight loss of $0.47 per share, down from a profit of $0.63 per share last year. Research in Motion shares rallied 1.14% in the pre-market after gaining 6.06% yesterday.

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