March 17, 2017

Housing starts tracked higher in February, and retail sales comfortably beat last year's figures.

March 10, 2017

The February jobs report saw the construction industry pull through with a sizable increase in employment.

March 3, 2017

Consumer confidence reached a 15-year crescendo in February, and the stock market forged ahead over the last week.

February 24, 2017

Existing-home sales reached a new 10-year high in January, though stocks began to slip behind last month's levels.

February 17, 2017

Housing starts slipped between December and January, though the single-family market got ahead. Monthly retail sales further clarified the picture for the housing industry.

February 3, 2017

Unemployment moved up a notch in January, while consumer confidence fell behind the previous month's high.

January 27, 2017

Existing-home sales trended down in December, but that didn't stop 2016 from being the strongest year in a decade for the metric.

January 20, 2017

Housing starts concluded the year on a high note, jumping double-digts over November's figures. However, single-family starts decreased on a monthly basis.

January 13, 2017

Retail sales edged up on a yearly basis for hardware retailers, particularly home centers and pro dealers.

January 6, 2017

December's unemployment report ended the year on a note of measurable progress in the nation's employment situation.

January 3, 2017

Consumer confidence got a nice boost in December, reaching all the way to 113.7.

December 22, 2016

Existing-home sales reached a new post-recession peak in November, and gas prices trended up a little last week.

December 16, 2016

Housing starts fell short of their October promise last month, and monthly retail sales presented mixed signals of progress for the industry.

December 9, 2016

Stocks ended up ahead of where they were last month, and also last year for the most part. Gas prices crept up since last week.

December 2, 2016

Confidence rallied to new post-recession highs, and unemployment rallied to new post-recession lows. Plus, a new look for the Dashboard.

November 23, 2016

Existing-home sales came in last week, and they rallied, to say the least.

November 18, 2016

Housing starts spiked visibly in October and monthly sales beat last year's numbers. Stocks were all over the map, however.

November 11, 2016

Stocks were all over the map this week. Ultimately, they ended up largely ahead of where they were before.

November 4, 2016

Unemployment edged back down in October, and SMG remained the lone stock that was ahead on a monthly and yearly basis.

October 28, 2016

The stock market has been struggling as of late, and consumer confidence was down in October. Only Stanley (SWK) managed to buck the trend.

October 21, 2016

Total housing starts took a tumble last month, even as progress occurred for the single-family market.

October 14, 2016

Monthly sales pointed to overall progress, while stocks managed to inch ahead.

October 7, 2016

September's unemployment activity pushed the rate up while pointing to undercurrents of progress.

September 30, 2016

Consumer confidence reached a nine-year high, while stocks continued to lag behind last month's values.