Economic Events on March 31, 2011

The Monster Employment Index for March was released today, and the index moved up 7 points to a value of 136, which is 8.8% higher than last March’s value.

At 8:30 AM EDT, the U.S. government will release its weekly Jobless Claims report.  The consensus is that there were 380,000 new jobless claims last week, which would would be 2,000 less than the number released last week.

At 9:45 AM EDT, the Chicago PMI Index for March will be announced.  The consensus index value is 70, which is 1.2 points lower than last month, but is still well above the break-even level at 50.

At 10:00 AM EDT, the Factory Orders report for February will be released.  The consensus is that there was an increase of 0.5% in orders from the previous month.

At 10:30 AM EDT, the weekly Energy Information Administration Natural Gas Report will be released, giving an update on natural gas inventories in the United States.

At 4:30 PM EDT, the Federal Reserve will release its Money Supply report, showing the amount of liquidity available in the U.S. economy.

Also at 4:30 PM EDT, the Federal Reserve will release its Balance Sheet report, showing the amount of liquidity the Fed has injected into the economy by adding or removing reserves.

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