The following is a daily rundown of the economic reports and corporate earnings that will be grabbing the market's attention in the week ahead.
MONDAY, March 24
Manufacturing purchasing managers indexes are released for March across the globe, including for China, the euro zone and the United States.
Earnings include: Inovalis Real Estate Investment Trust, Alliance Grain Traders, DirectCash
TUESDAY, March 25
Germany’s Ifo institute releases its monthly business confidence index, a key indicator for Europe’s biggest economy.
(9 a.m. ET) The Canadian Parliamentary Budget Officer posts a report entitled “Labour Market Assessment 2014.”
(9 a.m. ET) Standard & Poor’s releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for January. The consensus is for a rise of 0.6 per cent, slowing from December's gain of 0.8 per cent.
(10 a.m. ET) Commerce Department releases new home sales for February. The consensus is for sales to decline 4.9 per cent to an annual rate of 445,000.
(10 a.m. ET) Conference Board releases the consumer confidence index for March. Consensus is for a reading of 78.5.
Earnings include: Exfo, Vicwest, Walgreen, Ainsworth Lumber, Carnival
WEDNESDAY, March 26
Germany releases consumer confidence numbers and Italy releases retail sales.
(830 a.m. ET) U.S. Commerce Department releases durable goods for February. Consensus is for a rise of 0.8 per cent, after declining 1 per cent in January.
CIBC hosts its annual retail and consumer investors conference.
Earnings include: AGF Management, Calfrac Well Service, MBAC Fertilizer, Sprott Resource, Gold Fields Limited, H.B. Fuller, Installed Building Products
THURSDAY, March 27
U.K. releases retail sales and housing prices.
(830 a.m. ET) U.S. Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims. They are forecast to rise 5,000 to 325,000.
(830 a.m ET) U.S. Commerce Department releases latest reading on fourth-quarter gross domestic product. Consensus is for an annual rate of 2.7 per cent, faster than the preliminary reading of 2.4 per cent.
(10 a.m. ET) National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for February. The Street expects a rise of 0.1 per cent, unchanged from January.
Earnings include: Lululemon Athletica, BTB REIT, Sprott, IBI Group, Accenture, Commercial Metals, RE/MAX Holdings, Red hat,
FRIDAY, March 28
Japan releases February inflation, jobless rate and retail sales data.
Germany releases CPI data, and economic confidence numbers are released for the euro zone. The UK releases GDP and consumer confidence numbers.
(830 a.m. ET) U.S. Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for February. Both are expected to rise 0.3 per cent.
(955 a.m. ET) University of Michigan consumer sentiment, expected to come in at 80.5.
Earnings include: BlackBerry (before markets open; Street expects loss of 57 cents per share), BRP.
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