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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tomorrow: Personal Income and Outlays for May, Chicago PMI, Consumer Sentiment

by Calculated Risk on 6/28/2012 09:43:00 PM

The focus tomorrow will be on the end of the two day European summit in Brussels. There will probably be some sort of agreement on a "growth pact". The Financial Times is live blogging the European summit: EU summit: Live blog

And late today, Ford said that the European recession will really hit Q2 earnings. From the NY Times: Ford Motor, Citing Europe’s Woes, Says Foreign Losses to Triple in Quarter

The company said on Thursday that its total international losses would triple in the second quarter, with Europe accounting for the most of the loss. Ford lost $190 million in the first quarter in its international operations ...

The company’s chief financial officer, Robert Shanks, said in an interview that conditions in Europe were “getting tougher,” as manufacturers stepped up discounts to jump-start sales, which are at their lowest level in more than a decade.
On Friday:
• At 8:30 AM ET, The Personal Income and Outlays report for May will be released. The consensus is for a 0.3% increase in personal income in May, and for no change in personal spending. And for the Core PCE price index to increase 0.2%. Note: Q1 PCE was revised down slightly in the third estimate of GDP released this morning.

• At 9:45 AM, The Chicago Purchasing Managers Index for June. The consensus is for an increase to 53.1, up from 52.7 in May.

• At 9:55 AM, The final June Reuter's/University of Michigan's Consumer sentiment index will be released. The consensus is for no change from the preliminary reading of 74.1.