EXISTING HOME SALES
      Monday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.EDT -- Sales of existing homes probably fell to an 
      annual rate of 4.1 million in July, from 4.18 million in June, says the median 
      forecast of economists surveyed by MMS International, one of The McGraw-Hill 
      Companies. Housing probably has hit its peak this year, leveled off by rising 
      mortgage rates.
      
      CONSUMER CONFIDENCE
      Tuesday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m.EDT -- The Conference Board's index of consumer 
      confidence likely slipped to 104.7 in August, after jumping 7%, to 107.2, in 
      July. Even so, a reading above 100 suggests high optimism about the economy's 
      performance.
      
      REAL GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT
      Thursday, Aug. 29, 8:30 a.m.EDT -- The MMS survey expects that growth in 
      second-quarter real GDP remained at the originally reported annual rate of 
      4.2%, although June's sharply narrower trade deficit could result in an upward 
      revision. Corporate aftertax profits likely rose 3.8% in the second quarter, 
      says the MMS median forecast, after increasing 6% in the first quarter. Real 
      GDP grew 2% in the first
      
      NEW HOME SALES
      Thursday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m.EDT -- New single-family homes probably sold at an 
      annual rate of 725,000 in July. That's suggested by the slowdown in 
      single-family housing starts. Home buying fell 5.3% in June, to a 734,000 pace.
      
      PERSONAL INCOME
      Friday, Aug. 30, 8:30 a.m.EDT -- Personal income in July was probably flat, 
      says the MMS report. That's suggested by a 1.3% drop in weekly nonfarm 
      earnings. Consumer spending in July was probably up 0.2%. In June, incomes 
      jumped 0.9%, while spending fell 0.2%, dragged down by weak sales of motor 
      vehicles.
      
      FACTORY INVENTORIES
      Friday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m.EDT -- Inventories likely rose 0.2% in July, after no 
      change in June and a 0.3% decline in May.
      
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