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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Schedule for Week of Sept 11th

by Calculated Risk on 9/10/2011 01:45:00 PM

Summary for Week ending September 9th

Several key reports will be released this week: Retail Sales, Industrial Production, and the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

There will also be a special focus on the monthly surveys for some improvement from the dismal readings in August: both the Philly Fed and NY Fed (Empire state) manufacturing surveys for September will be released on Thursday, and the preliminary consumer sentiment survey for September will be released on Friday.

Both retail sales and Industrial Production were probably weak in August.

Note: The Greek bailout issue will be headline news.

----- Sunday, Sept 11th -----

The opening of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center. Live cam feeds at the World Trade Center.

----- Monday, Sept 12th -----

No scheduled releases.

----- Tuesday, Sept 13th -----

Small Business Optimism Index7:30 AM: NFIB Small Business Optimism Index for August.

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This graph shows the small business optimism index since 1986. The index decreased to 89.9 in July from 90.8 in June. Optimism has declined for five consecutive months now.

8:30 AM: Import and Export Prices for August. The consensus is a for a 0.9% decrease in import prices.

9:00 AM: Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index™ This is the diesel fuel index for August (a measure of transportation).

----- Wednesday, Sept 14th -----

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 the four average was at 1995 levels last week.

8:30 AM: Producer Price Index for August. The consensus is for a 0.1% decrease in producer prices (0.2% increase in core).

Retail Sales8:30 AM: Retail Sales for August.

This graph shows retail sales since 1992. This is monthly retail sales, seasonally adjusted (total and ex-gasoline).

The consensus is for retail sales to be a 0.2% increase in August, and for a 0.3% increase ex-auto.

10:00 AM: Manufacturing and Trade: Inventories and Sales for July. The consensus is for a 0.5% increase in inventories.

----- Thursday, Sept 15th -----

8:30 AM: The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released. The consensus is for a decrease to 412,000 from 414,000 last week.

8:30 AM ET: NY Fed Empire Manufacturing Survey for September. The consensus is for a reading of -3.6, up from -7.7 in August (above zero is expansion).

8:30 AM: Consumer Price Index for August. The consensus is for a 0.2% increase in prices. The consensus for core CPI is an increase of 0.2%.

Industrial Production9:15 AM ET: The Fed will release Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization for August.

This graph shows industrial production since 1967. Industrial production increased in July to 94.2.

The consensus is for a 0.1% increase in Industrial Production in August, and for Capacity Utilization to be unchanged at 77.5%.

10:00 AM: Philly Fed Survey for September. This index fell off a cliff in August. The consensus is for a reading of -15.0 (above zero indicates expansion), up from -30.7 last month.

----- Friday, Sept 16th -----

Consumer Sentiment 9:55 AM: Reuters/University of Mich Consumer Sentiment preliminary for September.

Consumer sentiment declined sharply in July and August - from 71.5 in June to 63.7 in July and to 55.7 in August - this is just above the crisis low off 55.3 in November 2008.

The consensus is for a slight increase to 56.0 from 55.7 in August.

10:00 AM: Regional and State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly) for August 2011

12:00 PM: Q2 Flow of Funds Accounts from the Federal Reserve.