More Mixed Signals from Housing – Starts Down, Sales Up

In the choppy waters of today’s current economy, we continue to get mixed signals – this time from the housing market. Last week, we learned that residential construction starts declined in June by 0.9% below the rate in May. This … Continue reading

The Volatile ‘Fits & Starts’ of Housing Starts

As regular Strata-gee readers know, I follow basic economic data for our readers. Not all economic data, just that data I feel are germane to the custom integration and consumer electronics industries. Normally, that is a fairly sane and sedate … Continue reading

New Housing Data Continues to Point to a Downturn

As I write this on Wednesday, December 19th the stock market has closed down 351.98 points or nearly 1.5% to its lowest level of the year, according to CNBC. The broader S&P 500 Index also closed at a 2018 low. … Continue reading

Good Economic Sign: November Housing Starts Shoot Up

In a result that exceeded economists’ estimates, November overall housing starts jumped an impressive 10.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.173 million units.  Well over the revised October rate of 1.062 million units, it also exceeded the 1.007 … Continue reading

Builders Group Holds Mid-Year Construction Forecast Meeting; Economists Cautiously Optimistic

The Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., (ABC) a builders trade association, held their third annual Mid-Year Construction Forecast presentation this week…inviting economists from three industry-related associations to present their outlook on the construction industry. This year, the invited economists included … Continue reading

A Major Housing Starts Surprise – Highest Level in 4 Years

The U.S.Commerce Department released new data today detailing an unexpected uptick in housing “starts” or the number of homes that had begun construction during the month of October. According to the report, starts in October increased to a seasonally adjusted … Continue reading