U.S. economic data released today (August 21, 2014) are:
Initial jobless claims: The data was announced as 298.ooo for the week of August 10 – August 16, which is lower than forecast. The average estimate was 300.000. Initial claims from two weeks ago were revised up slightly to 311,000 from 312,000.
Existing home sales: The data was announced as %2.4 increase in July to an annualized pace of 5.15 million units, which is better than expectations of %0.4 decrease.
Philadelphia Fed Survey: For August, the data was announced as 28.0, which is higher than estimate of 20.0. The prior was 23.9
Leading Indicators: For July, the data was announced as 0.9%, which is higher than estimate of 0.6%. The prior was revised up to 0.6% from 0.3%.
PMI Manufacturing Index Flash: For August, the data was announced as 58.0. The prior was 56.3