Calendar focuses on overseas data

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No U.S. economic releases are scheduled for today, though the overseas calendar is active.

German economic growth and the country's IFO survey of business confidence will come out overnight. The international news continues with Italian elections on Sunday and Monday.

In addition, China's HSBC manufacturing purchasing managers index will be released Sunday night. That could affect sentiment at the start of next week.

Tuesday will bring the Case-Shiller index of home prices and new home sales. Durable-goods orders follow on Wednesday, along with U.S. economic growth data on Thursday. Friday will see consumer sentiment, construction spending, and the Institute of Supply Management's key manufacturing index.

Non-farm payrolls, normally reported the first Friday of each month, will be released one week later on March 8.

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