JOLTS job openings, in millions, by month: Nov. 7.6 Dec. 7.5 Jan. 7.6 Feb. 7.1 March 7.5 April (est.) 7.5 Source: FactSet TAX SEASON SNAPSHOT H&R Block serves up its latest quarterly report card Tuesday.
Wall Street projects the tax preparer's fiscal fourth quarter earnings and revenue declined from a year earlier. H&R Block said in April that overall tax return volume increased for the second year in a row. The company has been more open about its pricing options and taken steps to improve its do-it-yourself options.
INFLATION MONITOR Economists expect that U.S. consumer prices increased at a slower clip last month. The Labor Department's consumer price index, due out Wednesday, is projected to show a gain of 1.9 percent for May versus a year earlier. That would follow an annual increase of 2 percent in April led by more expensive gasoline, apartment rents and appliances.
Consumer price index, annual percent change, not seasonally adjusted: Dec. 1.9 Jan. 1.6 Feb. 1.5 March 1.9 April 2.0 May (est.) 1.9 Source: FactSet