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Wednesday: Small Business Optimism


From the LA Times: West Coast port slowdown raises fears of dockworker strike or lockout

A six-year agreement covering nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports expired July 1. The sides have been negotiating since May. In 2002, amid talks for a previous contract, employers accused the union of go-slow tactics, then locked out dockworkers for 10 days, shutting down ports along the West Coast.

Some businesses are worried that ports could be shut down again. … During a shutdown … some workers — including 20,000 dockworkers — would sit idle and not collect a paycheck.

Most of the holiday related goods have already arrived, but a shutdown could have a short term impact on the economy.

• At 7:00 AM ET, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.

• At 7:30 AM, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index for October.

• At 10:00 AM, the Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories for September. The consensus is for a 0.2% increase in inventories.
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