What to Watch in the Day Ahead - Friday, Aug. 14

Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:31pm EDT
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The U.S. factory output is predicted to have advanced 0.4 percent in July, compared to a 0.1
percent drop in the previous month. Also, the Federal Reserve releases the industrial output
data for last month, which are forecast to have increased 0.3 percent. (0915/1315) Separately,
the producer price index for final demand is expected to have edged higher 0.1 percent in July
from June. (0830/1230) Meanwhile, the University of Michigan survey releases the preliminary
reading of consumer sentiment for August. Economists forecast the number to come in at 93.5 from
last month's 93.1. (1000/1400) 

Department store operator J.C. Penney Co Inc is expected to report a second-quarter profit above
analysts' average estimate, according to Thomson Reuters StarMine. CEO Myron Ullman, credited
with reviving sales and profit, has stepped aside, handing over the reins to former Home Depot
executive Marvin Ellison, who began his job on Aug. 1. Investors will be keen on hearing
Ellison's plans as he embarks on his first quarter as CEO.
Euro zone finance ministers will meet in Brussels to discuss Greece's third bailout package.
Greece and its creditors reached a deal on an 85 billion euro bailout package. The Greek
parliament is set to adopt a number of measures as part of the agreement and the euro zone
ministers are widely expected to endorse the pact at the meeting. 

The world's most powerful money managers release their quarterly holdings. The managers ranging
from Seth Klarman's Baupost Group and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway to William Ackman's
Pershing Square Capital Management say which U.S. stocks they held at the end of the second
quarter, shedding light on how they positioned their portfolios before an eventual U.S. interest
rate hike, a slowdown in growth in China, fears about debt crises in Greece and Puerto Rico and
a fast-paced mergers market where especially pharmaceutical companies are looking to tie up at a
quickened pace.
Canada's factory sales are forecast to have rose 2.1 percent in June, after edging up 0.1
percent in May. (0830/1230) Separately, the industry group for Canadian real estate agents will
release existing home sales data for July. 

LIVECHAT - The Weekahead - with Reuters markets editor Mike Dolan
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 (Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Edited by Maju Samuel)