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February building permits tumbled 5.7 percent from January but still up 6.5 percent year-on-year

Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,298,000. This is 5.7 percent below the revised January rate of 1,377,000, but is 6.5 percent above the February 2017 rate of 1,219,000. READ MORE

4Q 2017 home loans down 20 percent from 3Q and 19 percent year-on-year

According to ATTOM Data Solutions, the number of residential property loans made in 4Q 2017 was down 20 percent from the previous quarter as well as down 19 percent from a year ago. However, construction loans were up 12 percent from...Show More Summary

Gallup: More Americans see AI as a greater threat than immigration and offshoring

More than half of Americans (58%) say technology poses a greater threat to jobs in the U.S. over the next decade, while 42% see immigration and offshoring as the greater threat. Republicans, who see immigration and offshoring as roughly an equal threat as technology, are the only subgroup of Americans not to see technology as a greater threat. READ MORE

Philadelphia Fed's Business Outlook Survey dips to 22.3 in March but still in positive territory

Findings from the Philadelphia Federal Rerserve Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey suggest continued growth for the region's manufacturing sector. Although the survey's index for general activity moderated, the indexes for new orders and shipments improved. Show More Summary

March Empire State Manufacturing Survey rises nine points to 22.5

Business activity grew robustly in New York State, according to firms responding to the March 2018 Empire State Manufacturing Survey. The headline general business conditions index climbed nine points to 22.5.READ MORE

Initial unemployment claims fall by 4,000 in weekly report

In the week ending March 10, initial unemployment claims were 226,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level. The 4-week moving average was 221,500, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's revised average.READ MORE

Mortgage applications rise 0.9 percent in weekly report, average rates rise to 4.69 percent

The Market Composite Index increased 0.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier, with purchase loans up 3 percent and refinance activity falling 2 percent. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to its highest level since January 2014, 4.69 percent.READ MORE

Bloomberg: Consumer Comfort Index slips to 56.2 but still near highest level since 2001

U.S. consumer sentiment eased slightly last week to 56.2 while hovering near its highest level since 2001, as job gains drive Americans' confidence in their financial situation.READ MORE

February new home mortgage applications up 3.0 percent from January and 4.6 percent year-on-year

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Applications Survey (BAS) data for February 2018 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 4.6 percent compared to February 2017. Compared to January 2018, applications increased by 3 percent. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns.READ MORE

March builder confidence edges down one point to 70

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes edged down one point to a level of 70 in March. The HMI component gauging current sales conditions held steady at 77, the chart measuring sales expectations in the next six months dropped two points to 78, and the index gauging buyer traffic fell three points to 51.READ MORE

CoreLogic: December mortgage delinquencies at 5.3 percent, unchanged year-on-year

Nationally, 5.3 percent of mortgages were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due, including those in foreclosure) in December 2017. This represents no change in the overall delinquency rate compared with December 2016 when it was also 5.3 percent. Show More Summary

February small business optimism survey rose to near-record high of 107.6

Small business owners are showing unprecedented confidence in the economy as the optimism index continues at near-record high numbers, rising to 107.6 in February, according to the NFIB Small Business Economic Trends Survey. The historically high numbers include a jump in small business owners increasing capital outlays and raising compensation.READ MORE

February Consumer Price Index up 0.2 percent from January and 2.2 percent year-on-year

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in February after rising 0.5 percent in January. Over the last 12 months, the all items index rose 2.2 percent. The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.2 percent in February following a 0.3-percent increase in January and rose 1.8 percent year-on-year. READ MORE

Federal budget deficit spiked to $215 billion in February, largest in six years

The U.S. government had a $215 billion budget shortfall in February as revenues into the government’s coffers fell and outlays increased. That compared with a budget deficit of $192 billion in the same month last year and a budget surplus of $49 billion the previous month. Show More Summary

Wholesale sales fell 1.1 percent in post-holiday January as inventories rose 0.8 percent

January 2018 sales of merchant wholesalers were down 1.1 from the revised December level, but up 6.7 percent year-on-year. Total inventories of merchant wholesalers were up 0.8 percent from December and 4.8 percent year-on-year. The January inventories/sales ratio for merchant wholesalers, down from 1.28 a year ago. READ MORE

February job growth soared to 313,000, highest rate since July 2016

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 313,000 in February (versus 200,000 expected), and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent. Employment rose in construction, retail trade, professional and business services, manufacturing, financial activities, and mining. Show More Summary

Bloomberg: Weekly consumer comfort index rebounds to second-highest level since 2001

The consumer comfort index rose last week to 56.8, the second-highest level since 2001, as the benefits of increased take-home pay from tax cuts outweighed concerns about stock-market volatility.READ MORE

'Other' Wins 2018 Pritkzer

"Other" being Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi and a reference to my recent poll on guessing the winner of the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Doshi was not one of the 25 architects/firms I listed in the poll, making him a surprising choice, at least to this blogger. Show More Summary

Chaos Theory for Interaction

The optical illusion by Feliks Konczakowski that has been making the rounds on social media lately. Speculating Chaos Theory The initial idea of the “sand plotter” came out of my fascination with magnets, and I thought a steel ball drawing patterns in sand would... Read More

Olfactory experience, human connections and co-operative interface

For this week, I would like to continue the cocktail machine project which I had started it from the first week ( I would like this machine to be more immersive and gives new experiences as well as bring social... Read More

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