Tag Archives: construction

Housing Starts Post Solid Gains

Housing starts jumped at a double-digit rate to a 1.17 million-unit, annualized rate in November following slight upward revisions to October. Gains occurred in both the multifamily and single-family

Manufacturing Falters, Construction Improves

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) index dropped to 48.6% in November, affirming other evidence that the manufacturing sector is now in a contraction. Losses were fairly broad-based with the exception of employment, which moved back above the 50% threshold in November.

Housing Starts Disappoint

In October, housing starts slipped to a 1.06 million unit pace, nearly 60% below household formation. This is causing acute shortages for those looking for a place to live, particularly to rent,

Construction Gains Solid, Only in Key Sectors

Construction spending rose 0.6% in September, a little more than expected. Gains in multifamily construction in particular continued to substantially outpace gains in the single-family market. We also saw solid gains at auto dealers, which is not surprising given the recent surge in sales,

New Home Sales Data Disappoint

New home sales for September came in well below expectations at 468,000 following a downward revision to the August data.

Housing Starts Build on Multifamily Gains

In September, 1.2 million homes were started, marking another increase after being revised up for the month prior. Much of the annualized increase was concentrated in the multifamily segment; single-family starts came in essentially flat.

Manufacturing Weak but Construction Is on the Mend

The ISM index of manufacturing activity slowed to 50.2 in September, which suggests that overall manufacturing activity is still expanding but only slightly.

GDP Data Put Yellen on Solid Footing

Real GDP was revised up to a 3.9% pace in the second quarter, 0.2% higher than previously reported. Average growth in the first half of 2015 is now tracking at 2.3%, well above the economy’s potential.

New Home Sales Rise: South Leads the Way

In August 552,000 new homes were sold, 30,000 more than were sold in July. Much of the increase was driven by a pop in sales in the South, with the West and Northeast posting modest increases as well.

Housing Starts Miss Expectations

In August, builders started on 1.126 million homes. That was a slowdown from last month’s downwardly revised data and can be chalked up to the Northeast’s multifamily sector; that continues to pull back after the expiration of tax incentives, which had pulled forward a lot of multifamily starts in the region. Total single-family starts, which [...]