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Monday, October 29, 2012

Tuesday: Case-Shiller House Prices

by Calculated Risk on 10/29/2012 07:10:00 PM

NOTE: US Markets will remain closed on Tuesday due to severe weather in the New York area. Stay safe!

Here is the preliminary tide level data for The Battery, NY (raw data not checked yet) . Apparently the record level is 11.2 feet. This gauge is currently showing 11.07 feet, and high tide is in about 2 hours. Ouch.

• At 9:00 AM ET, S&P/Case-Shiller House Price Index for August is expected to be released. Although this is the August report, it is really a 3 month average of June, July and August. The consensus is for a 1.9% year-over-year increase in the Composite 20 prices (NSA) for August.

• At 10:00 AM, the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for October is expected to be released. The consensus is for an increase to 74.0 from 70.3 last month.

• Also at 10:00, Q3 Housing Vacancies and Homeownership report from the Census Bureau. This report is frequently mentioned by analysts and the media to track the homeownership rate, and the homeowner and rental vacancy rates. However, based on the initial evaluation, it appears the vacancy rates are too high. The Census Bureau is looking into the differences between the HVS, the ACS, and the decennial Census, and until the issues are resolved, this survey probably shouldn't be used to estimate the excess vacant housing supply.

Another question for the October economic prediction contest (Note: You can now use Facebook, Twitter, or OpenID to log in).