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Monday, August 27, 2012

Tuesday: Case-Shiller House Price index

by Calculated Risk on 8/27/2012 09:11:00 PM

First, tropical storm Isaac is forecast to reach hurricane strength soon, and is expected to make landfall near New Orleans on Tuesday night. Here is the NHC website with the forecast track and satellite images. It appears Isaac will be slow down as it makes landfall and will be over New Orleans for an extended period.

The big news tomorrow will be the release of the Case-Shiller house price index for June that I expect will to show a year-over-year increase for the first time since the housing bust started (except a brief increase in 2010 related to the housing tax credit).

On Tuesday:
• At 9:30 AM ET, the S&P/Case-Shiller House Price Index for June (and the national index for Q2) will be released. The consensus is for a no change year-over-year in the Composite 20 prices (NSA) for June. The Zillow forecast is for the Composite 20 to increase 0.3% year-over-year, and for prices to increase 0.9% month-to-month seasonally adjusted.

• At 10:00 AM, the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for August is scheduled for release. The consensus is for a decrease to 65.0 from 65.9 last month.

• Also at 10:00 AM, the Richmond Fed Survey of Manufacturing Activity for August will be released. The consensus is for an increase to -10 for this survey from -17 in July (above zero is expansion).

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