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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Housing Industry Is Painting a Positive Outlook for the Economy

    In April, the number of building permits issued was reported at 1.35 million, a decrease of 1.8% from the downward revised March reading of 1.37 million permits.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What American Builders Were Worried about in June

    The HMI was reported to have decreased by two points to 68 in June as compared to a May reading of 70.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Drove the Leading Economic Index Higher in May?

    According to the June 21 Conference Board report, the May LEI was 109.5—a 0.2% increase from the revised April LEI of 109.3.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Should Housing Investors Worry about Declining Building Permits?

    An increase in the number of building permits in any given month is a signal for increased activity in the housing sector (DHI) in the future.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why American Builders Remain Confident about the Housing Industry

    The housing market index was reported to have increased by two points to 70 in May compared to the downwardly revised April reading of 68.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Drove the Leading Economic Index Higher in April?

    The latest Conference Board LEI reading was released on May 17. The LEI for April came in at 109.4, an increase of 0.4% from the March reading of 109.0.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    What to Make of the March Increase in Building Permits Issued

    The US Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development report monthly data on building permits issued in the United States.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    Why a Rebound in March Housing Starts Isn’t Satisfying the Sector

    The volatility in housing starts data remains elevated. Housing starts in March were reported to have risen 1.9%.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why American Builders’ Confidence Fell 1 Point in March

    The HMI (housing market index) was reported to have decreased by one point to 69 in April 2018.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    What to Make of the Drop in Building Permits Issued in February

    The decrease in building permits spanned across the sectors in February.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    What’s behind the 7% Fall in February Housing Starts?

    Just as markets were celebrating the stellar 9.7% increase in housing starts in January, the February data proved to be a damper for that enthusiasm.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Confident Are American Builders?

    The March housing market index reading is at 70, a one-point decline from the revised February reading of 71.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the Rebound in Building Permits Is Positive for the US Economy

    The Conference Board uses the number of building permits issued as one of the key constituents of its LEI (Leading Economic Index) model.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why American Homebuilders Are Confident about Industry

    February’s HMI reading was reported at 72, unchanged from the January reading and two points below the 18-year peak reported in December.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    Why Building Permits Didn’t Change in December

    For 2017, 1,263,400 housing units have been authorized by building permits—a 4.7% increase from 1,206,600 housing units in 2016.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Confident Are Homebuilders at the Beginning of 2018?

    Comments from NAHB members indicated that homebuilders are optimistic about the future demand and projected increased activity in the housing sector.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Building Permits Fall in November: Should We Worry?

    Building permits and the economy The number of building permits issued each month is a constituent of the Conference Board LEI (Leading Economic Index). The construction and housing industry (PKB) is a major job provider in the economy, and changes in activity in the sector affect employment conditions and aggregate demand. A higher number of building permits is a leading […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Housing Market: Builders’ Confidence Reaches an 18-Year High

    For November, the NAHB Housing Market Index was reported as 74—an increase of five from October and an 18-year high.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    Should Investors Be Concerned about Fewer Building Permits?

    In November 2017, housing units (XHB) authorized by building permits were at a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.298 million—a decrease of 1.4% from October.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Trump’s Tax Reforms Could Impact the US Economy

    The path to President Trump’s tax reform plan could be troubled by the prospect of a ballooning deficit because the plan offers generous tax cuts.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will a Rising Deficit Impact Tax Cut and Infra Spending Reforms?

    For this fiscal year, through August, the federal deficit stood at $674 billion. Compared to the previous year, spending is up 3% and receipts have risen 2%.

    By Ricky Cove
  • Basic Materials

    Must-know: Why US job creation is at its best levels since 2012

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Employment Situation report for April on Friday, May 2. One of the most keenly watched monthly labor indicators, the report estimated that the U.S. economy added about 288,000 jobs.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Consumer

    Construction spending still on course to regaining its momentum

    Construction spending The construction spending figure, as released monthly by the Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce, is the dollar value of new construction activity on residential, non-residential, and public projects. Such data is made available in nominal and real (inflation-adjusted) dollars. The construction spending for February edged up 0.1%, following a decline of 0.2% […]

    By Surbhi Jain
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