Monday, December 08, 2014

Tuesday: Job Openings, Small Business Optimism

by Bill McBride on 12/08/2014 06:37:00 PM

From Jon Hilsenrath at the WSJ: Fed Aims to Signal Shift on Low Rates

Federal Reserve officials are seriously considering an important shift in tone at their policy meeting next week: dropping an assurance that short-term interest rates will stay near zero for a “considerable time” as they look more confidently toward rate increases around the middle of next year.

Senior officials have hinted lately that they’re looking at dropping this closely watched interest-rate signal, which many market participants take as a sign rates won’t go up for at least six months.
The FOMC statement (and press conference) will be released next week, Wednesday, December 17th.

Tuesday:
• At 7:30 AM ET, NFIB Small Business Optimism Index for November.

• At 10:00 AM, Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey for October from the BLS. Jobs openings decreased in September to 4.735 million from 4.853 million in August. The number of job openings (yellow) were up 20% year-over-year compared to September 2013, and Quits were up 16% year-over-year.

• Also at 10:00 AM, Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories for October. The consensus is for a 0.2% increase in inventories.

•During the day: Trulia Price Rent Monitors for November. This is the index from Trulia that uses asking house prices adjusted both for the mix of homes listed for sale and for seasonal factors.