The key report for this week will be the February employment report to be released on Friday, March 4th.
Other key reports include the Personal Income and Outlays report on Monday, the ISM manufacturing index on Tuesday, vehicle sales on Tuesday, and the ISM non-manufacturing (service) index on Thursday. Also Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will deliver the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress on Tuesday (Senate) and Wednesday (House).
—– Monday, Feb 28th —–
8:30 AM: Personal Income and Outlays for January. The consensus is for a 0.4% increase in personal income and a 0.4% increase in personal spending, and for the Core PCE price index to increase 0.2%.
8:30 AM: New York Fed President William Dudley speaks on the economic outlook
8:45 AM: Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren, panel discussion, “Lessons Learned from the Global Meltdown.”
9:45 AM: Chicago Purchasing Managers Index for February. The consensus is for a slight decrease to a still very strong 68.0 (down from 68.8 in January).
10:00 AM: Pending Home Sales for January. The consensus is for a slight decline in pending sales (a leading indicator for existing home sales).
10:30 AM: Dallas Fed Manufacturing Survey for February. The Texas production index was down sharply last month to 0.2 (from 15.3 in December), but is expected to show improvement in February.
—– Tuesday, Mar 1st —–
10:00 AM: ISM Manufacturing Index for February.
The consensus is for a decrease to 60.5 from the strong 60.8 in January. All of the regional manufacturing surveys showed strong improvement in February.
The PMI was at 60.8% in January, the highest level since May 2004. Some forecasts are as high as 63, and any reading above 61.4 would be the highest since 1983.
10:00 AM: Construction Spending for January. The consensus is for a 0.4% decrease in construction spending.
10:00 AM: Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke testimony, Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress, Before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate
All day: Light vehicle sales for February. Light vehicle sales are expected to increase to 12.7 million (Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate), from 12.6 million in January.
This graph shows light vehicle sales since the BEA started keeping data in 1967. The dashed line is the January sales rate.
Edmunds is forecasting: “Edmunds.com analysts predict that February’s Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate (SAAR) will be 12.64 million, up from 12.54 in January 2011.”
—– Wednesday, Mar 2nd —–
7:00 AM: The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the mortgage purchase applications index. This index has declined over the last few weeks suggesting weak home sales through the first few months of 2011.
8:15 AM: The ADP Employment Report for February. This report is for private payrolls only (no government). The consensus is for +180,000 payroll jobs in February, down slightly from the 187,000 reported in January.
10:00 AM: Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke testimony, Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress, Before the Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives
2:00 PM: Fed Beige Book, Informal review by the Federal Reserve Banks of current economic conditions in their Districts
2:15 PM: Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart speaks on economic outlook
8:00 PM: Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, “Challenges for State and Local Governments”, At the Citizens Budget Commission Annual Dinner in New York
—– Thursday, Mar 3rd —–
8:30 AM: The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released. The number of initial claims had been trending down over the last couple of months. The consensus is for a slight increase to 396,000 from 391,000 last week.
10:00 AM: ISM non-Manufacturing Index for February. The consensus is for a slight increase to 59.5 from 59.4 in January.
11:00 AM: Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota speaks on labour markets and monetary policy
2:15 PM: Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart speaks on the economy and labour
—– Friday, Mar 4th —–
8:30 AM: Employment Report for February.
The consensus is for an increase of 179,000 non-farm payroll jobs in February, after the disappointing 36,000 jobs added in January.
This graph shows the net payroll jobs per month (excluding temporary Census jobs) since the beginning of the recession. The estimate for February is in blue.
The consensus is for the unemployment rate to increase to 9.1% from 9.0% in January.
The second employment graph shows the percentage of payroll jobs lost during post WWII recessions – aligned at maximum job losses.
This shows the severe job losses during the recent recession – there are currently 7.7 million
fewer jobs in the U.S. than when the recession started.
10:00 AM: Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories and Orders for January. The consensus is for a 2.2% increase in orders.
10:00 AM: Fed Vice Chair Janet Yellen, Panel Discussion, Improving the International Monetary and Financial System, At the International Symposium of the Banque de France, Paris, France
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