Economic Events on May 15, 2012

At 7:45 AM Eastern time, the weekly ICSC-Goldman Store Sales report will be released, giving an update on the health of the consumer through this analysis of retail sales.

At 8:30 AM Eastern Time, the Empire State manufacturing index for May will be released. The consensus is that the index value will be 10, which would be 3.44 points higher than the value reported in the previous month.

Also at 8:30 AM Eastern time, the Retail Sales report for April will be released.  The consensus is that retail sales were 0.1% higher last month, after an increase of 0.8% in the previous month.

Also at 8:30 AM Eastern time, the Consumer Price Index report for April will be released.  The consensus is that CPI was unchanged last month, and there was a 0.2% increase in CPI when food and energy are removed.

At 8:55 AM Eastern time, the weekly Redbook report will be released, giving us more information about consumer spending.

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

At 10:00 AM Eastern time, the Housing Market Index for May 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.

Also at 10:00 AM Eastern time, the Business Inventories report for March will be released.  The consensus is that inventories increased 0.4% from the previous month.

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