Economic Events on January 15, 2013

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 January will be released. The consensus is that the index value will be 0, which would be 8.1 points higher than the value reported in the previous month.

Also at 8:30 AM Eastern time, the Retail Sales report for December will be released.  The consensus is that retail sales were 0.2% higher last month, after an increase 0.3% in the previous month.

Also at 8:30 AM Eastern time, the Producer Price Index for December will be released.  The consensus is that the index decreased 0.1% last month, and increased 0.2% when food and energy are excluded.

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

At 10:00 AM Eastern time, the Business Inventories report for November will be released.  The consensus is that inventories increased 0.3% from the previous month.

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Economic Events on January 8, 2013

At 7:30 AM Eastern time, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index for December will be released, providing information regarding the health and confidence of small businesses in the United States.  The consensus is that the index is at a level of 87.9, which is 0.4 points higher than the previous month’s value.

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

At 3:00 PM Eastern time, the Consumer Credit report for September will be released.  The consensus estimate is that there will be an increase of $13.2 billion in the consumer credit available, after an increase of $14.2 billion in the previous month.

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Economic Events on January 2, 2013

The figures for motor vehicle sales for December will be released today.  The consensus estimate is that 15.1 million autos were sold last month, which would be 400,000 less than the previous month.

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

At 10:00 AM Eastern time, the Construction Spending report for November will be released, and the consensus is that there was an increase of 0.6% in spending compared to the previous month.

Also at 10:00 AM Eastern time, the ISM manufacturing index for December will be released.  The consensus estimate is that it increased 1 point last month to a value of 50.5, and will still signal economic growth as it stays above the mid-point of 50.

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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Economic Events on December 26, 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 8:55 AM Eastern time, the weekly Redbook report will be released, giving us more information about consumer spending.

At 9:00 AM Eastern time, the monthly S&P/Case-Shiller home price index report will be released.  Given that most economists don’t expect the overall U.S. economy to improve until housing prices end their decline, the market will be watching this number closely.

At 10:00 AM Eastern time, the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index for December will be released.  The consensus is that the index will be at 6, which would be a decrease of 3 points from the previous month.

Also at 10:00 AM Eastern time, the State Street Investor Confidence Index will be released, which looks at changes in the amount of equities held in the portfolios of institutional investors.

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Economic Events on December 11, 2012

At 7:30 AM Eastern time, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index for November will be released, providing information regarding the health and confidence of small businesses in the United States.  The consensus is that the index is at a level of 92.5, which is 0.6 points lower than the previous month’s value.

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 International Trade report for October will be released.  The consensus is a deficit of $42.8 billion, which would be $1.3 billion more than the previous month.

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

At 10:00 AM Eastern time, the Wholesale Trade report will be released for October, showing inventory levels for wholesalers in the United States.  The consensus is that wholesale inventories increased 0.4% .

Economic Events on December 4, 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 8:55 AM Eastern time, the weekly Redbook report will be released, giving us more information about consumer spending.

Economic Events on November 27, 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 Durable Goods Orders report for October will be released. The consensus is that there was a decrease of 0.8% from the previous month.

Also at 8:30 AM Eastern time, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will make remarks at the National College Fed Challenge Finals.

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 monthly S&P/Case-Shiller home price index report will be released.  Given that most economists don’t expect the overall U.S. economy to improve until housing prices end their decline, the market will be watching this number closely.

At 10:00 AM Eastern time, the monthly report on Consumer Confidence for November will be released.  The consensus index level is 72.8, which would be a 0.6 point increase from last month’s number.

Also at 10:00 AM Eastern time, the State Street Investor Confidence Index will be released, which looks at changes in the amount of equities held in the portfolios of institutional investors.

Also at 10:00 AM Eastern time, the FHFA House Price Index for September will be released, providing more information about the direction of the housing market.

Also at 10:00 AM Eastern time, the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index for February will be released.  The consensus is that the index will be at -8, which would be a decrease of 1 point from the previous month.

Economic Events on November 13, 2012

At 7:30 AM Eastern time, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index for October will be released, providing information regarding the health and confidence of small businesses in the United States.

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

At 2:00 PM Eastern time, the Treasury budget for October will be released, providing an account of the federal government’s budget surplus or deficit for that month.

Economic Events on October 30, 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 8:55 AM Eastern time, the weekly Redbook report will be released, giving us more information about consumer spending.

At 9:00 AM Eastern time, the monthly S&P/Case-Shiller home price index report will be released.  Given that most economists don’t expect the overall U.S. economy to improve until housing prices end their decline, the market will be watching this number closely.

At 10:00 AM Eastern time, the State Street Investor Confidence Index will be released, which looks at changes in the amount of equities held in the portfolios of institutional investors.

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