EXISTING HOME SALES
         Monday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m.EDT  Copyright  Existing homes probably sold at an 
      annual rate of 4.16 million in July, slightly higher than the 4.14 million rate 
      in June. That's the median forecast of economists surveyed by MMS 
      International, one of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Housing remains a strong 
      sector: Home prices are rising, mortgage rates are affordable, and mortgage 
      applications to purchase a home are on the rise.
      
      DURABLE GOODS ORDERS
         Tuesday, Aug. 26, 8:30 a.m.EDT  Copyright  The MMS survey expects that new 
      orders taken by durable-goods manufacturers likely increased 0.5% in July, on 
      top of a 2.3% jump in June. A gain in machinery demand offset weakness in the 
      motor-vehicle industry.
      
      CONSUMER CONFIDENCE
         Tuesday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.EDT  Copyright  The Conference Board's index of 
      consumer confidence probably stood at 126.5 in August, unchanged from July's 
      reading. Confidence has soared this year, lifted by the strong job market and 
      rising stock prices.
      
      GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT
         Thursday, Aug. 28, 8:30 a.m.EDT  Copyright  The MMS survey forecasts that 
      revisions to the data will show the economy grew at an annual rate of 2.5% in 
      the second quarter, a bit better than the 2.2% initially reported. However, a 
      narrowing in the June trade gap suggests that the revision could be larger.
      
      PERSONAL INCOME
         Friday, Aug. 29, 8:30 a.m.EDT  Copyright  Personal income likely increased 
      just 0.2% in July, after a steep 0.6% gain in June. That's suggested by smaller 
      weekly paychecks in July. Consumer spending, however, probably rose a solid 
      0.6% in July, twice the gain in June. Retail sales were up strongly in July, 
      and demand for energy was also higher.
      
      NEW HOME SALES
         Friday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m.EDT  Copyright  New single-family homes likely sold 
      at an annual rate of 805,000 in July, up from 800,000 in June.
      
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