Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wednesday: Q2 GDP, FOMC Statement, ADP Employment

by Bill McBride on 7/29/2014 11:59:00 PM

First, for a very interesting discussion on GDP and seasonality see: GDP: Seasons and revisions . Too bad the BEA doesn't release NSA data any more - but the graph is interesting.

And the Atlanta Fed released their final GDPNow for Q2:

The final GDPNow model forecast for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the second quarter of 2014 was 2.7 percent on July 25, unchanged from its July 17 reading. The first GDPNow model forecast for GDP growth in the third quarter will be released August 1.
• At 7:00 AM ET, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.

• At 8:15 AM, the ADP Employment Report for July. This report is for private payrolls only (no government). The consensus is for 235,000 payroll jobs added in July, down from 280,000 in June.

• At 8:30 AM, Gross Domestic Product, 2nd quarter 2014 (advance estimate); Includes historical revisions from the BEA. The consensus is that real GDP increased 2.9% annualized in Q2.

• At 2:00 PM, the FOMC Statement. No change in interest rates is expected (for a long time). However the FOMC is expected to reduce QE3 asset purchases by $10 billion per month at this meeting.