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There are Positive Signs for the Economy

A surge in U.S. housing plus consumer confidence soars. Meanwhile, 'the fiscal cliff' fear still looms.

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Home Prices Increase in Most Major US Cities

Home prices increased in September in most major U.S. cities, more evidence of a housing recovery that is providing a lift to the fragile economy.

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Mortgage Rate Hits Record 3.31 Pct.

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell to fresh record lows this week, a trend that is boosting home sales and aiding the housing recovery.

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Fewer Seek Jobless Aid as Storm Distorts Data

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply to a seasonally adjusted 410,000 last week, though the figure was elevated for the second straight week by Superstorm Sandy.

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New Home Starts Jump to Fastest Pace in 4 Years

U.S. builders started construction last month on the most single-family homes and apartments since July 2008, more evidence that the housing recovery is gaining momentum.

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US Home Sales Rise 2.1 Percent in October

U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose solidly in October, helped by improvement in the job market and cheap mortgages.

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Fiscal Cliff Negotiators are Facing High Hurdles

White House and congressional negotiators will have to clear a series of high hurdles to avert a package of tax increases and spending cuts by year's end.

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Detroit Area Economy Worsens As Big Three Automakers Face Dire Crisis

US Industrial Production Drops 0.4 Percent

Superstorm Sandy depressed U.S. industrial output in October, while production of machinery and equipment declined sharply, reflecting a more cautious outlook among businesses.

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East Coast Begins To Clean Up And Assess Damage From Hurricane Sandy
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Superstorm Sandy Pushes US Jobless Claims to 439K

Superstorm Sandy drove the number of people seeking unemployment benefits up to a seasonally adjusted 439,000 last week, the highest level in 18 months.

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US Wholesale Prices Fell 0.2 Percent in October

Wholesale inflation fell in October as a big drop in gasoline and other energy prices offset a rise in the cost of food.

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