The Week Ahead
Monday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. EDT -- The Conference Board's composite index of leading indicators probably remained unchanged in August. That's according to the median forecast of economists surveyed by Standard & Poor's MMS, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies.
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. EDT -- The Conference Board's consumer confidence index for September likely tumbled to 105.5, from 114.3 in August. The forecasted drop is in response to the terrorist attacks and now-uncertain economic future.
EXISTING HOME SALES
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. EDT -- Sales of existing homes likely rose to an annual rate of 5.2 million in August, from 5.17 million in July.
DURABLE GOODS ORDERS
Thursday, Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- New orders for durable goods probably fell 1% in August, after declining 0.6% in July.
NEW RESIDENTIAL SALES
Thursday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. EDT -- New single-family home sales in August likely dropped to an annual rate of 920,000.
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (FINAL)
Friday, Sept. 28, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- The Commerce Dept.'s final look at the second-quarter economy is projected to show real GDP grew at an annual rate of 0.2%, unchanged from the preliminary estimate. Third-quarter real GDP is expected to fall 0.5%, the first time since 1993.