"We should always take this summer period for claims with a grain of salt," said Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets. "From a long-term perspective, we're still looking at claims bobbing around at the lowest level in ages."
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She said several economic reports next week including consumer spending, the trade deficit and auto sales for May should provide important clues on the economy's momentum.
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