What to Watch in the Day Ahead - Thursday, Sept 24

Wed Sep 23, 2015 2:33pm EDT
 
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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen presents the annual Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture on
"Inflation Dynamics and Monetary Policy" at the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Department
of Economics. (1700/2100) In a separate event, Treasury Assistant Secretary of Economic Policy
Karen Dynan speaks before the National Bureau of Economic Research meeting, "Tax Policy and the
Economy," in Washington. (1245/1645)
    
The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits probably rose by 7,000
to a seasonally adjusted 271,000 for the week ended Sept. 19, after falling to an eight-week low
of 264,000 the previous week. (0830/1230) Also, the Commerce Department will release the durable
goods data for August. The non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft data, a closely
watched proxy for business spending plans is expected to have decreased 0.1 percent last month.
In a separate report, new single-family home sales are expected to have increased 1.6 percent in
August, after a 5.4 percent jump in July.

Nike Inc, the world's largest sportswear maker, is expected to report quarterly profit and sales
above analysts' estimates, according to StarMine. The beat is expected to be driven by higher
pricing in North America, growth in China, and strong sales at its higher-margin
direct-to-consumer channel. New footwear launches in the basketball, running and sports
categories are also helping in customer migration toward higher priced products, while the
popularity of the "athleisure" trend is driving sales of athletic apparel. Investors will look
for updates to the full-year forecast and comments on new launches and the overall footwear
industry, when it announces its first-quarter results.

Consulting and outsourcing company Accenture Plc is expected to have benefited from strong
demand from North American clients in the fourth quarter. In June, the company raised its
full-year revenue forecast for the third time, reflecting rising demand for the company's
consulting and outsourcing services from firms looking to cut costs. Investors will look for
details on the company's digital business which offers analytics, content management, social
media and cloud services.

Brazil's unemployment rate is expected to have risen for the eighth straight month in August to
7.7 percent from 7.5 percent in July. The country's consumer confidence data for September is
also expected. Mexico's economy is expected to have expanded 0.4 percent in July versus the
previous month. (0900/1300) The annual pace of Mexico's consumer price increases likely grew at
a record slow pace in early September, which could back bets that the central bank could leave
interest rates low until the U.S. Federal Reserve moves to raise borrowing costs. Economists
forecast the inflation in the 12 months through mid-September to have cooled to 2.48 percent.
Mexico's central bank has said it could raise rates if a deep slump in the peso spurs widespread
price pressures, but so far data has shown only a limited impact from higher import prices.
(0900/1300) The Argentinean government releases industrial production data for August.

 (Compiled By Nayyar Rasheed in Bengaluru; Edited by Don Sebastian)