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Thursday: New Home Sales, GDP, Unemployment Claims

Thursday:
• At 8:30 AM ET, the initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released.  The consensus is for a decrease to 240 thousand from 248 thousand last week.

• Also, at 8:30 AM, Gross Domestic Product, 4th quarter 2021 (Second estimate). The consensus is that real GDP increased 7.0% annualized in Q4, up from the advance estimate of 6.9%.

• Also, at 8:30 AM, Chicago Fed National Activity Index for January. This is a composite index of other data.

• At 10:00 AM, New Home Sales for January from the Census Bureau. The consensus is that new home sales decreased to 807 thousand SAAR, down from 811 thousand in December.

• At 11:00 AM, the Kansas City Fed manufacturing survey for February

On COVID (focus on hospitalizations and deaths):

COVID Metrics
 
Now
Week
Ago
Goal

Percent fully Vaccinated
64.8%

≥70.0%1

Fully Vaccinated (millions)
215.1

≥2321

New Cases per Day3

79,539
133,392
≤5,0002

Hospitalized3

56,222
77,791
≤3,0002

Deaths per Day3

1,602
2,096
≤502

1 Minimum to achieve “herd immunity” (estimated between 70% and 85%).
2my goals to stop daily posts,
37-day average for Cases, Currently Hospitalized, and Deaths
🚩 Increasing 7-day average week-over-week for Cases, Hospitalized, and Deaths
✅ Goal met.

Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the daily (columns) and 7-day average (line) of deaths reported.

New cases, hospitalizations and deaths are now declining.  

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