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Schedule for Week of December 19, 2021

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

The key economic reports this week are New Home Sales, Existing Home Sales, the 3rd estimate of Q3 GDP, and November Personal income and outlays.

—– Monday, December 20th —–
No major economic releases scheduled.

—– Tuesday, December 21st —–
No major economic releases scheduled.

—– Wednesday, December 22nd —–
7:00 AM ET: The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.

8:30 AM: Gross Domestic Product, 3rd quarter 2021 (Third estimate). The second estimate of GDP was 2.1%.

8:30 AM: Chicago Fed National Activity Index for November. This is a composite index of other data.

Existing Home Sales10:00 AM: Existing Home Sales for November from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The consensus is for 6.20 million SAAR, down from 6.34 million.

The graph shows existing home sales from 1994 through the report last month.

Housing economist Tom Lawler expects the NAR to report sales of 6.45 million SAAR for November.

—– Thursday, December 23rd —–
8:30 AM: The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released.  Initial claims were 206 thousand last week.

8:30 AM: Durable Goods Orders for November. 

8:30 AM: Personal Income and Outlays for November. The consensus is for a 0.2% increase in personal income, and for a 1.0% increase in personal spending.

New Home Sales10:00 AM: New Home Sales for November from the Census Bureau.

This graph shows New Home Sales since 1963. The dashed line is the sales rate for last month.

New home sales were at 745 thousand in October.

10:00 AM: University of Michigan’s Consumer sentiment index (Final for December).

—– Friday, December 24th —–
All US markets will be closed in observance of the Christmas Holiday.

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