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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Schedule for Week of Aug 28th

by Calculated Risk on 8/27/2011 02:19:00 PM

Summary for Week ending August 26th (with plenty of graphs)

This will be a busy week for economic data. The key release is the August employment report on Friday. Other key releases will be the July Personal Income & Outlays report on Monday, Case-Shiller house prices on Tuesday, the ISM manufacturing index on Thursday, and auto sales also on Thursday.

Also the FOMC minutes for the August 9th meeting, to be released on Tuesday, might include a discussion of additional policy options.

----- Monday, Aug 29th -----

8:30 AM: Personal Income and Outlays for July. The following graph shows real Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) through June (2005 dollars).

Personal Consumption Expenditures Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

PCE decreased 0.2 in June, and real PCE decreased less than 0.1% as the price index for PCE decreased 0.2 percent in June. On a quarterly basis, PCE barely increased in Q2 from Q1.

The consensus is for a 0.3% increase in personal income in July, and a 0.5% increase in personal spending, and for the Core PCE price index to increase 0.2%.

10:00 AM: Pending Home Sales Index for July. The consensus is for a 1% decrease in the index.

10:30 AM: Dallas Fed Manufacturing Survey for August. The Texas production index increased 10.8 in July. The consensus is for a reading of -6 (contraction) in August. This is the last of the regional surveys, and most of the surveys have been weak.

----- Tuesday, Aug 30th -----

Case-Shiller House Prices Indices 9:00 AM: S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index for June. Although this is the June report, it is really a 3 month average of April, May and June.

This graph shows the nominal seasonally adjusted Composite 10 and Composite 20 indices (the Composite 20 was started in January 2000).

The consensus is for flat prices in June. The CoreLogic index showed a 0.7% increase in June.

10:00 AM: Conference Board's consumer confidence index for August. The consensus is for a decrease to 52.5 from 59.6 last month due to the debt ceiling debate.

2:00 PM: FOMC Minutes, Meeting of Aug 9, 2011. The minutes could include a discussion of additional policy options.

----- Wednesday, Aug 31st -----

7:00 AM: The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the mortgage purchase applications index. This index has been very weak over the last several months and was at the lowest level in 15 years last week.

8:15 AM: The ADP Employment Report for August. This report is for private payrolls only (no government). The consensus is for +100,000 payroll jobs in August, down from the +114,000 reported in July.

9:45 AM: Chicago Purchasing Managers Index for August. The consensus is for a decrease to 53.5, down from 58.8 in July.

10:00 AM: Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories and Orders for July (Factory Orders). The consensus is for a 1.8% increase in orders.

----- Thursday, Sept 1st-----

8:30 AM: The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released. The consensus is for a decrease to 407,000 from 417,000 last week.

10:00 AM: Construction Spending for July. The consensus is for a 0.1% increase in construction spending.

10:00 AM: ISM Manufacturing Index for August. The consensus is for a decrease to 48.5 from 50.9 in July. Based on the regional manufacturing surveys, the ISM index will probably be below 50 in August for the first time since July 2009 (indicating contraction).

All day: Light vehicle sales for August. Light vehicle sales are expected to decrease to 12.1 million (Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate), from 12.2 million in July.

Vehicle SalesThis graph shows light vehicle sales since the BEA started keeping data in 1967. The dashed line is the May sales rate.

Edmunds is forecasting:
An estimated 1,087,000 new cars will be sold in August for a projected Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate (SAAR) of 12.3 million, forecasts, the premier online resource for automotive information. The sales pace is virtually flat compared to July’s 12.2 million SAAR.
----- Friday, Sept 2nd -----

8:30 AM: Employment Report for August.

Payroll Jobs per Month The consensus is for an increase of 67,000 non-farm payroll jobs in August, down from the 117,000 jobs added in July. The lower number is partially related to the Verizon strike that is now over.

This graph shows the net payroll jobs per month (excluding temporary Census jobs) since the beginning of the recession. The consensus forecast for August is in blue.

The consensus is for the unemployment rate to hold steady at 9.1% in August.

Percent Job Losses During RecessionsThis second employment graph shows the percentage of payroll jobs lost during post WWII recessions. This shows the severe job losses during the recent recession.

Through the first seven months of 2011, the economy has added 930,000 total non-farm jobs or just 133 thousand per month. This is a better pace of payroll job creation than last year, but the economy still has 6.8 million fewer payroll jobs than at the beginning of the 2007 recession.