The key economic reports this week are March housing starts on Tuesday, and March Existing Home Sales on Wednesday.
From manufacturing, the April Philly Fed manufacturing survey will be released this week.
—– Monday, April 18th —–
10:00 AM: The April NAHB homebuilder survey. The consensus is for a reading of 59, up from 58 in March. Any number above 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor.
Total housing starts decreased to 1.178 million (SAAR) in February. Single family starts increased to 822 thousand SAAR in February.
The consensus for 1.167 million, down from the February rate.
—– Wednesday, April 20th —–
7:00 AM ET: The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.
During the day: The AIA’s Architecture Billings Index for March (a leading indicator for commercial real estate).
—– Thursday, April 21st —–
8:30 AM: The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released. The consensus is for 265 thousand initial claims, up from 253 thousand the previous week.
8:30 AM: the Philly Fed manufacturing survey for April. The consensus is for a reading of 9.0, down from 12.4.
8:30 AM ET: Chicago Fed National Activity Index for March. This is a composite index of other data.
9:00 AM: FHFA House Price Index for February 2016. This was originally a GSE only repeat sales, however there is also an expanded index. The consensus is for a 0.4% month-to-month increase for this index.
—– Friday, April 22nd —–
No economic releases scheduled.