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2.7%  Q1 GDP    4.57%  avg. 30-year mortgage     9.5%  Unemployment

Today's Lineup: Stimulus, Economic Data

Today, the Senate begins debate on the much-anticipated stimulus bill. The Post's Paul Kane reports in today's paper that the price tag is rising fast and some are nervous about it reaching closer to the $1 trillion range. The question this week is how different the Senate bill will be from the House bill, including the price and how far apart the two bills may be from each other. The Senate vote isn't expected until later in the week.

Meanwhile, the markets will have some more economic data to absorb for the first trading day of February. We're expecting a report on manufacturing from the Institute for Supply Management and a report on construction spending. Check back here for those reports later in the day.

In Asia, markets fell on some poor corporate earnings reports and a government report in South Korea that exports there in January fell a record 32 percent. Japan's Nikkei fell 1.5 percent and the Hong Kong Hang Seng fell 3.1 percent. South Korea's Kospi fell 1.3 percent.

--Sara Goo

By Sara Goo  |  February 2, 2009; 6:40 AM ET
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