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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Look Ahead: Weekly Unemployment Claims, Philly Fed Manufacturing Survey

by Calculated Risk on 5/16/2012 09:55:00 PM

On Thursday:

• The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released at 8:30 AM. The consensus is for claims to be essentially unchanged at 365 thousand compared to 367 thousand last week. Based on the consensus (and the usual upward revision to the previous week), the 4-week average will probably decline to below 375 thousand.

• At 10:00 AM, the Philly Fed Survey for May is scheduled for release. The consensus is for a reading of 10.0, up from 8.5 last month (above zero indicates expansion). This is the 2nd regional Fed survey for May; the NY Fed (Empire state) survey indicated faster expansion in May.

• Also at 10:00 AM, the Conference Board Leading Indicators for April will be released. The consensus is for a 0.1% increase in this index.

Housing Starts increase to 717,000 in April
Industrial Production up in April, Capacity Utilization increases
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Q1 MBA National Delinquency Survey Comments