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Oct, 19 13:30
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Building Permits
Building Permits
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Date: Oct, 19 13:30
Importance: Medium
Previous: 1728K; 6.0%
Forecast: 1670K; -1.8%
Actual: -
Period: Sep

The number of new building projects authorized for construction. The figure is widely used as an indicator for developments in the housing market, since receiving a permit to build is the first step in the construction process. Thus growth in Building Permits reflects growth in the construction sector. Also, due to the high outlays needed for construction projects, an increase in Building Permits suggests corporate and consumer optimism. Additionally, because leading indicators for the housing market respond quickly to changes in the business cycle, the Building Permit figure can act as a leading indicator for the economy as a whole.

The headline is the seasonally adjusted percentage change in Building Permits from the previous month.

1728K; 6.0% 1670K; -1.8% -
Oct, 19 13:30
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Housing Starts
Housing Starts
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Date: Oct, 19 13:30
Importance: Medium
Previous: 1615K; 3.9%
Forecast: 1610K; -0.9%
Actual: -
Period: Sep

Gauges the change in the number of new houses built in the United States. Housing Starts are one of the earliest indicators of the housing market, only trailing Building Permits in timeliness.

Because high outlays are needed to start construction projects, an increase in Housing Starts implies an increase in investment and business optimism. Finally, the Housing Starts figure gives insight into consumer activity, since new home purchases typically require a large investment for consumers. Given such connections to consumer and corporate sentiment, real estate generally leads economic developments. A sharp drop in new home construction is a warning signal of economic slowdown. Conversely, a rebound in the Housing Starts paves the way for economic recovery.

Housing Starts data is differentiated by building types (single family houses, 2 to 4 residence units and 5 or more residence units). The single family housing starts is a more reliable economic indicator than multi family housing starts, as single family house building is driven by demand and consumer confidence, whereas multi family house building is more often motivated by speculative real estate investors. The report headline is expressed in volume of houses built. The figures are in the thousands of units.

1615K; 3.9% 1610K; -0.9% -
Oct, 19 15:30
Leading Index (Conference Board)
Leading Index (Conference Board)
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Date: Oct, 19 15:30
Importance: Low
Previous: 117.3; 0.3%
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Aug

The Index includes account inventory ratios, machinery orders, stock prices and other leading economic indicators. As the aggregate of many leading indices the Leading Economic Index provides a forecast of the future state of the domestic economy and is thought to predict activity that will occur 6-9 months after the reporting period.

The index operates on a 1-100 scale, where a value lower than 50 means that most indictors are negative and a value higher than 50 means most indicators are positive. In both cases a greater distance from the midpoint (50) means that the indicators are more strongly positive or negative.

117.3; 0.3% - -
Oct, 19 19:00
Federal Budget Balance
Federal Budget Balance
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Date: Oct, 19 19:00
Importance: Low
Previous: -170.6
Forecast: -61.0
Actual: -
Period: Sep

This is a report which measures the difference in value between the federal government's income and spending during the previous month.

-170.6 -61.0 -
Oct, 19 19:50
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FOMC Member Raphael W. Bostic Speaks
FOMC Member Raphael W. Bostic Speaks
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Date: Oct, 19 19:50
Importance: Medium
Previous: -
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: -
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic - FOMC voting member 2018. Federal Reserve FOMC members vote on where to set the nation's key interest rates and their public engagements are often used to drop subtle clues regarding future monetary policy. More hawkish than expected is good for currency.
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