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Good News For Amazon

By Markos Kaminis: The Census Bureau just reported great news for Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN). Better monthly retail sales were reported for August than economists expected. But that's good news for the entire industry right? Wrong! Not...Show More Summary

Oil Vs. Deep Value Investing Smack Down

By Victor Wendl: The latest U.S. Census Bureau statistics show more people currently on some form of means-tested public assistance than working full-time. Fortunately, that dismal employment statistic is not evenly distributed across all industries in our economy. Show More Summary

July New Home Sales Reflect Deteriorating Housing Market

By Dave Kranzler: The Census Bureau released its monthly new home sales report for July this morning. Despite higher inventory and historically low mortgage rates, the continuous downtrend for new home sales further confirms my thesis that housing market is entering its second leg of a long term bear market. Show More Summary

New Homes Sales For June Plummet

By Dave Kranzler: The Census Bureau released its new home sales report for June today (July 24). Even with substantial downward revisions to previous reports, the sales numbers for June plunged over 8% from May and over 11% from June 2013. Show More Summary

Mortgage Applications And Housing Starts Leave Little Doubt About The Housing Market

By Dave Kranzler: The market was shocked by Thursday's (July 17) housing starts report which showed a unexpected plunge in housing starts, as reported by the Census Bureau. I say "shocked" because the Dow Jones Home Construction index (DJUSHB) plummeted 16 points, or 3.3%, which was 3x more than the 1.1% decline in the S&P 500 that day. Show More Summary

Soft Housing Starts Data For June: A Warning Or Sign Of A Maturing Recovery?

By James Picerno: Housing starts were surprisingly weak in June, the Census Bureau reports. The consensus forecast was looking for a modest gain to a 1.026 million annualized rate. Instead, the actual number dipped to 893,000-the lowest since last September. Show More Summary

Construction Spending: May 2014

By Sold At The Top: Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released their latest read of construction spending showing mixed results for May with total private construction spending and single family construction spending declining from April while non-residential construction spending improved over the same period. Show More Summary

Eye On The Market Broadcast: Household Incomes And Inflation

By Doug Short: I recently had the honor of being a guest on David O. England's Eye on the Market radio broadcast. The first of two segments focused on median household incomes. In particular, I discussed the Census Bureau's most recent data, through 2012, for the 50 states with special attention to Illinois, where David hosts his program. Show More Summary

Softer But Still Upbeat Numbers For Retail Sales And Jobless Claims

By James Picerno: Retail sales in May rose at a lesser rate than the crowd expected, but the year-over-year trend continues to advance at a 4%-plus pace, the Census Bureau reports. Spending ex-gasoline sales doesn’t alter the generally upbeat profile. Show More Summary

Construction Spending: April 2014

By Sold At The Top: Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released their latest read of construction spending showing mixed results for April with total private construction spending and single family construction spending rising since March while non-residential construction spending declined over the same period. Show More Summary

New Home Sale Prices Fall For Second Time In 2014

By Ironman at Political Calculations: According to preliminary data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, for the second time in the past three months, the trailing twelve month average of new home sale prices declined. In April 2014,Show More Summary

April New Home Sales: Still Whispers In The Wind

By Dr. Duru: Nothing like beating expectations to generate some excitement. The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported on Friday that new residential sales in April, 2014 were approximately...Show More Summary

A Weak New Home Sales Report: Short The Bounce In The Homebuilder Stocks

By Dave Kranzler: The Census Bureau released its new home sales report for April. While it showed a seasonally expected gain from March, year over year sales for April dropped 4.2%. As I will detail below, today's report suggests structural...Show More Summary

Growing Stalemate: Housing Starts, Affordability And Sentiment Vs. Student Debt

By Dr. Duru: The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released on Friday the numbers for April housing starts. The continued increase in housing starts confirms the simultaneous and ongoing ramp-up in employment for private residential construction. Show More Summary

Housing Starts Beat Expectations, But The Gain Comes With Caveats

By James Picerno: Residential construction picked up last month, according to the US Census Bureau. Housing starts beat expectations and increased to an annualized rate of 1.072 million units on a seasonally adjusted basis - the most since last November. Show More Summary

Retail Sales Stall In April, But The Trend Remains Upbeat

By James Picerno: Retail sales slowed to a crawl in April vs. the previous month, rising a slim 0.1%, the US Census Bureau reports. Excluding gasoline, retail spending was flat. The news contrasts sharply with the March data, which revealed a dramatic 1% jump in spending. Show More Summary

March New Home Sales Plunge

By Dave Kranzler: The Census Bureau released its new home sales report for March this morning (Wednesday, April 23). New home sales unexpectedly plunged 14.5% from February and 13.3% from March 2013. The 384k homes sold was 15.6% below the Wall Street consensus estimate of 455k and significantly below the low end estimate of 440k. Show More Summary

U.S. New Home Sale Prices At The Mercy Of Mortgage Rates

By Ironman at Political Calculations: Now that the U.S. Census Bureau has finally posted the income data that it collected in January 2014 through the Current Population Survey (over a month late, the Bureau posted its data for February 2014 at the same time), we can now check in on the status of the second U.S. Show More Summary

Bankruptcy Warning: RadioShack

By Lou Basenese: Come Thursday at 8:30 AM, the U.S. Census Bureau will release the next round of retail sales data. And everyone will be tuned in to see if the industry shrugged off the winter blues. As MarketWatch's Jeffry Bartash writes,...Show More Summary

Construction Spending: January 2014

By Sold At The Top: Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released their latest read of construction spending showing mixed results for January. Total private construction spending and single family construction spending rose since December,...Show More Summary

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