From Reuters.com

The day ahead: Wednesday

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Consumer prices are forecast to have risen 0.2 percent in October, unchanged from the mild rise seen in September. Housing starts are expected to edge higher.

Other Highlights:

*  Limited Brands, operator of the Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works chains, is set to post a third-quarter loss, having struggled with sales of what are seen as non-necessities.

*  BJ’s Wholesale Club is forecast to report lower profit as it contends with falling food prices and lackluster demand for its general merchandise.

The day ahead: Wednesday

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Consumer prices data and quarterly results from technology company Oracle are among the highlights expected on Wednesday.

*  A spike in gasoline prices probably lifted consumer prices in August, but the overall inflation picture remains benign as the economy struggles to emerge from recession.

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