What to Watch in the Day Ahead - Friday, Nov 6

Thu Nov 5, 2015 2:30pm EST
 
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Health insurer Cigna Corp, which agreed to be bought by Anthem Inc for $47 billion in July, is
expected to report third-quarter earnings just shy of the average analyst estimate, according to
Thomson Reuters StarMine. Investors will look for comments on the company's Obamacare individual
plans after other insurers such as Aetna Inc, UnitedHealth Group Inc and Anthem said they had
faced challenges in that particular business.

Humana Inc, which is in the process of being bought by larger rival Aetna Inc, is expected to
report third-quarter earnings in line with analysts' expectations, according to Thomson Reuters
StarMine. Enrollments in government plans and moderate medical utilization trends are expected
to drive results for the health insurer.

U.S. job growth is expected to have accelerated in October after two straight months of tepid
gains, which could strengthen expectations of a December interest rate hike from the Federal
Reserve. According to a survey of economists, nonfarm payrolls probably increased 180,000, well
above the 139,000 jobs per month average for August and September. The unemployment rate is
forecast steady at 5.1 percent, just a touch above the level many Fed officials feel is
consistent with full employment. (0830/1330) Meanwhile, the U.S. consumer credit is expected to
have increased to $17.50 billion in September. (1500/2000)

Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard is scheduled to speak on "Policy Lessons and the
Future of Unconventional Monetary Policy" in a panel before the International Monetary Fund
"Unconventional Monetary and Exchange Rate Policies" Conference, in Washington. (1615/2115)
Meanwhile, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard will be speaking on the
U.S. economy and monetary policy before the St. Louis Regional Chamber Financial Forum, in St.
Louis, Missouri. (0915/1415) The current economic conditions and monetary policy will also be
the topic of discussion for Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans, who will be
appearing in a live interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box". (0830/1330)

The Canadian economy is expected to have added 10,000 jobs in October, keeping the unemployment
rate at 7.1 percent. Despite the plunge in oil prices, which put Canada into recession in the
first half of the year, the labor market has remained relatively resilient. (0830/1330)
Meanwhile, the value of Canadian building permits is expected to have increased 1.3 percent in
September. (0830/1330)

Brazil's annual inflation rate probably approached 10 percent in October, the highest in 12
years, in another blow to consumers already grappling with job losses and a stronger dollar.
Consumer prices were seen rising 9.91 percent in the 12 months through October, up from 9.49
percent in September, according to a recent survey for the benchmark IPCA index. (0600/1100)
Automakers in Brazil are also scheduled to report production and sales data for October.
Meanwhile, Chile's inflation data for October will also be in focus. The consumer price index
probably rose 0.3 percent last month. Also, Mexico's consumer confidence index is expected to
have fallen to 89.8 in October from 90.6 the prior month. (0900/1400)

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 (Compiled By Nayyar Rasheed in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)