• March existing home sales decreased 0.2% to an annualized rate of 4,590 thousand units, according to the National Association of Realtors. The median sales price of existing houses sold was $198.0 thousand, 5.4% above a year ago.
  • March new home sales decreased 14.5% to an annualized rate of 384 thousand units. The median sales price of existing houses sold was $290.0 thousand, 12.6% above a year ago.
  • U.S. House prices increased 0.6% on a seasonally adjusted basis from January to February, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) monthly House Price Index. For the 12 months ending in February, U.S. prices rose 6.9%.
  • The results of Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey of April 24th showed average fixed mortgage rates increasing for the week.
  • Mortgage applications decreased 3.3% from a week earlier, according to data from Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Applications Survey for the week ending April 18th.
  • The advance figure for initial claims for unemployment insurance rose 24 thousand to 329 thousand in the week ending April 19.
  • The Conference Board index of leading economic indicators increased 0.8% in March, while the coincident index increased 0.2%.
  • Advance estimates of retail and food services sales increased 1.1% in March, following a 0.7% increase in the previous month. Excluding autos, retail and food services sales were up 0.7% in March.
  • Total manufacturing and trade sales for February were up 0.8%, while inventories were up 0.4%.
  • Total Industrial production increased 0.7% in March. The rate of capacity utilization for total industry was 79.2%.
  • Housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the previous month, but were down 5.9% from a year ago.
  • The results of Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey of April 17th showed average fixed mortgage rates easing further for the second consecutive week.
  • Mortgage applications increased 4.3% from a week earlier, according to data from Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Applications Survey for the week ending April 11th.
  • The advance figure for initial claims for unemployment insurance increased 2 thousand to 304 thousand in the week ending April 12.
  • The consumer price index (headline index) rose 0.2% in March, following a 0.1% in the previous month. The consumer price index increased 1.5% for the 12-month period ending in March, while the core index rose 1.6%.
  • The March 2014 Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicated that business activity was virtually flat.
  • The Philadelphia FED business outlook survey for March reported growth in manufacturing activity.
  • The FED’s “Beige Book” indicated that overall economic activity continued to expand at a modest or moderate pace.
  • The federal government budget ran a deficit of $36.9 billion in March, after a deficit of $193.5 billion in the previous month.
  • The advance figure for initial claims for unemployment insurance decreased 32 thousand to 300 thousand in the week ending April 5.
  • The producer price index for final demand (headline index) increased 0.5% in March, while the core index increased 0.6%. The producer price index for final demand increased 1.4% from March 2013.
  • The import price index rose 0.6% in March, while the export price index increased 0.8%. The import price index decreased 0.6% from March 2013, while export prices increased 0.2%.
  • The results of Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey of March 27th showed average fixed mortgage rates up a bit from last week.
  • Mortgage applications decreased 1.6% from a week earlier, according to data from Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Applications Survey for the week ending April 4th.
  • Total non-farm payroll employment increased 192 thousand in March, following an increase of 197 thousand in the previous month.   Private-sector payrolls increased by 192 thousand in the month, while government employment was unchanged.
  • The unemployment rate held steady at 6.7%.
  • The average workweek of all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased 0.3 to 34.5 hours. Average hourly earnings were unchanged.
  • The advance figure for initial claims for unemployment insurance increased 6 thousand to 326 thousand in the week ending March 29.
  • Sales of domestic vehicles increased 7.1%, while total vehicle sales increased 6.9%.
  • In February, international trade deficit was $42.3 billion, compared with a deficit of $39.3 billion in January.
  • The results of Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey of April 3rd showed average fixed mortgage rates little changed from the previous week.
  • Mortgage applications decreased 1.2% from a week earlier, according to data from Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Applications Survey for the week ending April 2nd.
  • In March, the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) manufacturing survey results indicated growth in activity.