Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Thursday: Unemployment Claims, ISM Mfg Index, Construction Spending, Auto Sales

by Bill McBride on 8/31/2016 06:19:00 PM

Thursday:
• At 8:30 AM ET, The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released.  The consensus is for 265 thousand initial claims, up from 261 thousand the previous week.

• At 10:00 AM, the ISM Manufacturing Index for August. The consensus is for the ISM to be at 52.2, down from 52.6 in July. The employment index was at 49.4% in July, and the new orders index was at 56.9%.

• Also at 10:00 AM, Construction Spending for July. The consensus is for a 0.6% increase in construction spending.

• All day, Light vehicle sales for August. The consensus is for light vehicle sales to decrease to 17.1 million SAAR in August, from 17.8 million in July (Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate).