Resolute Forest Products Inc., announced on Thursday (6-10-21) that the company was making an additional capital investment of $50 million in its wood products operations to support its continued growth.
According to the latest results from the Federal Reserve’s Z.1 Financial Accounts of the United States, also known as the ‘Flow of Funds”, with analysis provided by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in Q1 of 2021, the aggregate market value of all owner-occupied real estate in the US registered the largest numerical quarterly increase in the last 20 years’ worth of data.
According to Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), which analyzes data from the Ellie Mae’s AllRegs® Market Clarity® business information tool, mortgage credit availability increased in May. The MCAI rose by 1.4% to 129.9.
The University of Michigan today (6-11-21) released its preliminary Index of Consumer Sentiment (ICS) for June. Month-over-month the ICS rose 4.2% from 82.9% in May to 86.4% in June. When compared to June 2020, the ICS increased 10.6% or 78.1% to 86.4%.
With fire conditions and behaviors typically seen in mid-to-late July currently taking place, forest managers in northeast Oregon are declaring an early start to the 2021 fire season. The announcement was made on Tuesday (6-8-21), as Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters worked to contain two wildfires ignited by lighting in the region.
Statistics Canada (StatsCan) is reporting that total investment in building construction increased 6.3% to $19.9 billion (CAD) in April. Residential construction investment continues to lead the way, rising for the 12th consecutive month.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced on Thursday (6-10-21) the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CI-U) increased 0.6% in May, on a seasonally adjusted basis, after rising 0.8% in April. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 5.0% before seasonal adjustment.
The U.S. Department of Labor is reporting that an additional 376,000 Americans made their initial filing for unemployment benefits during the week ending on Saturday, June 5, 2021 — a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level.
Freddie Mac has released its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) for the week ending June 10, 2021. The PMMS reports that 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.96% with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.99% percent.
Louisiana-Pacific Corp (LP) announced that on Tuesday (6-8-21), it had broken ground on a $150 million conversion project at their mill in New Limerick, Maine (commonly known as LP Houlton) to turn out the LP siding and trim products.