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Weekly Jobless Claims Fall Slightly

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Labor Department said first-time jobless claims dropped by 2,000 in the week ended Saturday with 386,000 initial claims filed. The four-week rolling average rose by 5,500 from the previous week’s revised average of 369,250 to 374,750. The previous week’s first-time claims figure was also revised to 388,000 from 380,000. The […]

Existing Home Sales Down In March

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Sales of existing homes fell 2.6 percent from February to March, as inventory tightened, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. Existing home sales in March came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.48 million, up from an upwardly revised 4.6 million in February. Sales for March were 5.2 percent […]

Mortgage Rates Move A Touch Higher

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Average U.S. mortgage rates for long-term, fixed-rate contracts rose in the week ending Thursday, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. said. Average rates for 30-year contracts rose from 3.88 percent to 3.9 percent with 0.8 point. Thirty-year mortgage rates averaged 4.8 percent the same week of 2011. Average rates on 15-year contracts […]

Leading Economic Indicators Up For Six Months

NEW YORK (UPI) — The U.S. index of leading economic indicators rose for the sixth consecutive month in March, the Conference Board said Thursday. The Leading Economic Index was up 0.3 percent to 95.7, following an increase of 0.7 percent in February and a 0.2 percent increase in January. Economists had predicted a 0.2 gain, […]

Gallup Says Consumer Confidence Is Up

PRINCETON, N.J. (UPI) — Researchers at Gallup said the weekly U.S. Economic Confidence Index is near its four-year high, which was posted three weeks ago. The weekly index, though still negative, has been pushed higher with sharp gains in confidence among Democrats in recent months, Gallup said. Among Democrats, Republicans and independents, the Index now […]

Poll: Money Helps Buy Happiness

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (UPI) — A survey conducted by Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., found that money is, after all, a critical factor in personal satisfaction with life. “According to a new Marist poll money really does matter,” the college said in a news release. In a survey conducted for Home Instead Senior Care by the […]

Social Media A Big Part Of Hiring Process

CHICAGO (UPI) — Social media Web sites are playing a significant role in the hiring process in U.S. companies, a national survey of hiring personnel found. In a survey of 2,303 respondents, conducted by Harris Interactive from Feb. 9 through March 2, 37 percent of respondents indicated their companies used social Web sites to check […]

Mortgage Activity Climbs In Week

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The Mortgage Bankers Association said U.S. mortgage activity rose in the week ending Friday, as interest rates dropped. Mortgage activity increased 6.9 percent in the week. The trade group’s Refinancing Index also rose, jumping 13.5 percent from the previous week. Interest rates for 30-year, fixed-rate conforming mortgages fell from 4.43 percent to […]

Internet Ads Generated $31 Billion In 2011

NEW YORK (UPI) — Internet advertising revenue soared in 2011, hitting $31 billion, a trade group based in New York reported Wednesday. The Internet Advertising Bureau said revenues for ads rose 22 percent over 2010, putting revenues at a record high two years running. The report on the industry was prepared by accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. […]

Builder Confidence Backslides

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Confidence among U.S. building contractors slipped in April for the first time in seven months, a national housing market index indicated. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index was unchanged in March, but fell 3 points to 25, the trade group said. The break-even point on the index is […]

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