Economic Events on February 15, 2012

The Mortgage Bankers’ Association purchase index will be released at 7:00 AM Eastern time, providing an update on the quantity of new mortgages and refinancings closed in the last week.

At 8:30 AM Eastern Time, the Empire State manufacturing index for February will be released. The consensus is that the index value will be 14.75, which would be 1.27 points higher than the value reported in the previous month.

At 9:00 AM Eastern time, the Treasury International Capital report for December will be released, showing the flow of capital in and out of the United States economy.

At 9:15 AM Eastern time, the Industrial Production report for January will be released. The consensus is that there will be an increase 0f 0.7% in production and an increase 0f 0.5% in industrial capacity utilization.

At 10:00 AM Eastern time, the Housing Market Index for February will be announced.  This index is created from a survey of home builders, so it shows the confidence that the sector has in the overall economy and their business.

At 10:30 AM Eastern time, the weekly Energy Information Administration Petroleum Status Report will be released, giving investors an update on oil inventories in the United States.

At 2:00 PM Eastern time, the FOMC Meeting Minutes will be released, which will provide insight into how the Federal Reserve board governors and bank presidents view the economy.

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