The Week Ahead: Israeli trade trip, James Bullard speeches, Apple and FBI in court

Here’s a look at some of the stories Missouri Business Alert is tracking this week:


Gov. Jay Nixon and a delegation from Missouri begin a trade trip to Israel. The weeklong mission is focused on strengthening existing relationships in the country and recruiting investment in Missouri by Israeli tech companies, according to a release.

James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, is scheduled to deliver a speech in St. Louis on the economy’s outlook, Bloomberg reports. It’s the first of two scheduled addresses from Bullard this week; he’s also slated to deliver a speech Thursday in New York.


Apple and the FBI have a date in court. The tech company and federal law enforcement officials have been locked in an increasingly heated debate over whether Apple has to help the FBI access encrypted data on an iPhone used by one of the terrorists involved in a December attack in San Bernardino, Calif., Bloomberg reports. In the case, which pits personal privacy against national security, tech giants including Amazon, Facebook and Google have filed amicus briefs supporting Apple.


The Missouri Housing Development Commission begins its annual property management conference at Tan-Tar-A resort in Osage Beach. The three-day event will feature experts in a variety of subjects related to the development of affordable housing.


The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission in St. Louis is scheduled to meet. The regulatory body’s monthly meeting comes as legislation that would eliminate local regulation of ride-hailing services in favor of statewide oversight is being pushed in Jefferson City.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City will release its monthly manufacturing survey, providing information on current activity in the Tenth Federal Reserve District. The survey keeps track of plants selected according to geographic distribution, industry mix and size.


Financial markets are closed for Good Friday.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis will release its third estimate of the country’s fourth-quarter gross domestic product. The latest GDP figure is projected to be unchanged from the previous estimate, which showed an annualized growth rate of 1 percent, Bloomberg reports.


The Easter holiday is expected to spur a flurry of clothes shopping, the National Retail Federation reports. According to an NRF survey, 45 percent of adults celebrating Easter plan to purchase clothing, spending more than $2.9 billion on new attire.


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