Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Quick Overview

  • U.S. Consumer confidence rose to 53.5 in August from a revised 51.0 in July

  • The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, show the U.S. national home price index rose 4.4 % in Q2 , after having fallen 2.8% in Q1. Nationally, home prices are up 3.6% YoY.

  • The Chicago purchasing managers' index fell to 56.7% from 62.3% in July

  • Jobless rate in the Eurozone remained at 10% in July.

  • Annual inflation in the Eurozone dropped slightly to 1.6% in August

  • YoY average monthly wages at Japanese companies with at least five employees rose 1.3% in July

  • YoY Japan's retail sales rose 3.9 % in July

  • India saw 8.8% YoY GDP growth in the quarter ending June 30.

  • South Korea's industrial output expanded for the 13th consecutive month in July by 15.5%

  • ABN Amro analysts said Brazil, the world's top arabica producer, could "see much less rainfall" next year than is needed for the good development of the 2011-12 crop if this La Nina weather phenomenon proves a significant one

  • Chile, the world's No. 1 copper producer, said its output of the red metal rose 6.3% YoY

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