Employment report front and center


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Non-farm payrolls at 8:30 a.m. ET dominate today's calendar of events.

Economists forecast that the Labor Department will announce the addition of 180,000 jobs last month, down from 161,000 in July. The unemployment rate, released at the same time, is expected to remain at 7.4 percent.

The agenda remains light next week, with few important events until China repots industrial production and retail sales early on Tuesday. European industrial production and weekly jobless claims for the United States follow on Thursday.

Friday morning features monthly retail sales and consumer sentiment.

Given the light calendar, attention may continue to focus on the risk of war with Syria and future monetary policy.

Homebuilder Hovnanian Enterprises reports earnings Monday morning. Grocery chain Kroger and yoga-apparel company Lululemon issue their numbers Thursday morning.

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