by Calculated Risk on 8/22/2021 07:29:00 PM
o Schedule for Week of August 22, 2021
o At 8:30 AM ET, Chicago Fed National Activity Index for July. This is a composite index of other data.
o At 10:00 AM, Existing Home Sales for July from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The consensus is for 5.81 million SAAR, down slightly from 5.86 million last month.
Oil prices were down over the last week with WTI futures at $62.38 per barrel and Brent at $65.49 per barrel. A year ago, WTI was at $42, and Brent was at $44 – so WTI oil prices are UP about 50% year-over-year (oil prices collapsed at the beginning of the pandemic).
Here is a graph from Gasbuddy.com for nationwide gasoline prices. Nationally prices are at $3.14 per gallon. A year ago prices were at $2.18 per gallon, so gasoline prices are up $0.96 per gallon year-over-year.