Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thursday: GDP, Unemployment Claims, Penidng Home Sales, Jackson Hole Symposium

by Bill McBride on 8/26/2015 09:16:00 PM

From Tim Duy: Dudley Puts The Kibosh On September

Monday's action on Wall Street was too much for the Fed. That day, Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart pulled back his previous dedication to a September rate hike earlier, reverting to only an expectation that rates rise sometimes this year. But today New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley explicitly called September into question. ...
Bottom Line: The Fed has long argued that the timing of the first rate hike does not matter. I had thought so as well, but that is clearly no longer the case. A rate hike during a period of substantial financial market turmoil would matter a great deal. It looks like the Fed's plans to raise rate will once again be overtaken by events.
I think the Fed is still data dependent, and the key will be if inflation picks up. This model is interesting, and suggests a slight pickup in inflation later this year and into 2016.

• All day: the Kansas City Fed Hosts Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday).

• At 8:30 AM, Gross Domestic Product, 2nd quarter 2015 (second estimate). The consensus is that real GDP increased 3.2% annualized in Q2, revised up from 2.3% in the advance estimate.

• At 8:30 AM, the initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released. The consensus is for 270 thousand initial claims, down from 277 thousand the previous week.

• At 10:00 AM, Pending Home Sales Index for July. The consensus is for a 1.0% increase in the index.

• At 11:00 AM, the Kansas City Fed manufacturing survey for August.