For the week of August 17th

Tuesday 8/18 Produce Price Index 830am EST - whisper number is -0.3%
Tuesday 8/18 Housing Starts 830am EST - whisper number is 598,000
Wednesday 8/19 Oil Inventory DOE release - 1030am EST.
Thursday 8/20 Initial Jobless Claims 830am EST - whisper number is 550,000
Thursday 8/20 Leading Indicators 10am EST - whisper number is 0.7%
Thursday 8/20 Philadelphia Fed 10am EST - whisper number is -2.0
Friday 8/21 Existing Home Sales Month on Month - 10am est. - whisper number is 2.1%
Friday 8/21 Ben Bernanke Speaks at Kansas City Fed's Jackson Hole Conference

On the earnings front
Some of the bigger companies that report are Lowe's, CIT Group, Hewlett Packard, Target, Home Depot, Sears,
The Gap - A great read on consumer spending and the possible need for a second stimulus package.

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