- U.S. durable goods orders rose 4.9% in July -- best gain in two years.
- U.S. new home sales rose 9.6% MoM and fell 13.4% YoY.
- Builders had 271,000 houses on the market last month, down 35 percent from July 2008 and the fewest since March 1993. It would take 7.5 months to sell all homes at the current sales pace, the shortest time since April 2007.
- YoY Japan's exports fell 36.5% in July.
- Japan’s August Small Business Confidence rose to 41.8 from 41.1 in July
- Germany’s July Import Price Index fell -0.9% MoM
- Business confidence in Germany rose from 87.5 to 90.5 in August
- The U.S. Department of Energy said:
Supplies of crude oil rose 200,000 barrels to 343.8 million barrels.
Supplies of gasoline fell 1.7 million barrels
Supplies of heating oil rose 1.1 million barrels.
Refinery use rose from 84.0% to 84.1% of capacity.
Gasoline demand fell 0.3% YoY
Distillate demand fell 7.9% YoY.
- Macquarie estimates Brazilian 2009-10 sugar production at 30.3 million metrictons, down from its previous expectation of between 32 million tons and 33million tons. India's 2009-10 sugar production estimate was revised down to 16million tons from the previous estimate of 17.5 million tons.