Monthly sales shot up in April in keeping with seasonal patterns, though the year brought progress for the industry. Certain stocks also fell into the negative quadrants.
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The April unemployment rate stood at 6.3%, the lowest level since September 2008, while stocks were all over the board.
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Gas prices rose a touch from last week, while gas prices showed mostly positive results.
Existing-home sales rebounded from their low in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.87 million.
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Despite a dip in December, housing starts did not betray the economy’s confidence. Meanwhile, retail sales fared poorly within the industry.
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Gas prices fell just 2 cents from last week, while the stocks saw positive annual changes.
Consumer confidence surged in December after backtracking in the fall, recovering the majority of the points lost in October and November.
Industry-wide metrics provided a final snapshot of data for the year before we head into 2014 this week.
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A mixed message appears on the residential construction and the residential sales charts. Also, gas prices are holding steady at about $3.25 a gallon.
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The new-look Dashboard shows a major milestone achieved: Total housing starts crossed the million mark as a seasonally adjusted annual rate.
Monthly retail sales showed promising momentum, though not enough for hardware stores to outpace their 2012 performance.
Tractor Supply, Scotts and Newell Rubbermaid pace the field on the Home Channel Stock Roundup. Gas prices hold steady at about $3.26 for a gallon of regular.
Building permits data was on offer in lieu of housing starts, which were further delayed til Dec. 18; consumer confidence dipped some more.
Existing-home sales were down for the second consecutive month; monthly sales delivered a weak showing.
Monthly sales were delayed a week in the aftermath of the government shutdown; TSCO scaled new performance change heights.
National unemployment crept back up to 7.3%. Meanwhile, stocks rebounded a little on a month-over-month basis.
Consumer confidence took a plunge in the wake of the government shutdown; retail sales disappointed.
Unemployment slipped to 7.2% on the Dashboard, with existing-home sales taking a step back to 5.29 million. Housing starts and retail sales still await publication.
Unemployment, sales and housing starts were still unavailable in the aftermath of the shutdown. Stanley was down 15.66%, month-over-month.
Unemployment and monthly sales figures were missing from the picture due to the ongoing government shutdown. Meanwhile, stocks showed weaker-than-usual progress.
National unemployment figures for September were unavailable due to the government shutdown.
Consumer confidence was down slightly from August’s upwardly revised figure of 81.8. Meanwhile, stock growth was well ahead of the Dow Industrial Average.
Housing starts and existing-home sales both pulled ahead by a hairline margin, with single-family starts realizing more substantial gains at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 628,000.
The latest monthly retail sales report is mixed, with home centers and pro dealers outperforming hardware stores. Gas prices hold steady at $3.54 per gallon.
The “Consumer watch” section of the Industry Dashboard shows confidence slightly gaining and unemployment holding steady. Stocks are paced by Lowe’s performance.