The day ahead

August 25, 2009

Here’s what to expect on on Wednesday, Aug. 26:

Durable goods orders, new home sales data and earnings from Dollar Tree and Williams-Sonoma are among the highlights expected Wednesday.

* Orders for durable goods such as motor vehicles, aircraft and refrigerators probably rebounded in July, supporting views that the manufacturing sector is starting to heal.

* After posting their biggest monthly gain in eight years in June, new home sales are expected to have edged up again in July as buyers take advantage of low prices.

* Among the companies reporting quarterly results are retailers Dollar Tree and Williams-Sonoma as well as video recorder maker TiVo.

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