Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Wednesday: GDP, FOMC

by Bill McBride on 4/28/2015 09:00:00 PM

From Bloomberg: Fed Decision Day Guide: From Cooling Economy to Forward Guidance

Investors will scrutinize changes to the description of the economy for hints on the likely timing of liftoff after policy makers all but ruled out an interest-rate increase at this meeting.

Expectations for the first increase since 2006 have shifted out to September from June as the economy weakened in the first quarter ...

Inflation: Signs that consumer prices are stabilizing following a rebound in oil costs could encourage policy makers to tweak their language on inflation.  ...
Wednesday:
• At 7:00 AM ET, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.

• At 8:30 AM, Gross Domestic Product, 1st quarter 2015 (advance estimate). The consensus is that real GDP increased 1.0% annualized in Q1.

• At 10:00 AM, Pending Home Sales Index for March. The consensus is for a 1.0% increase in the index.

• At 2:00 PM, FOMC Meeting Statement. No change to policy is expected.