Quikrete Industry Dashboard

Gas prices slip, as stocks continue their volatile ways.
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It’s far cry from a bull market, but the latest Stock Roundup shows an overall improvement  for hardware and building supply stocks compared to a week ago.

Last week, a mere three ticker symbols could claim year-over-year gains. This week, along with BLDR, BECN and WY, three more stocks cross into positive territory for the year: LOW, TSCO and DE.

The latest version of the Quikrete Industry Dashboard also shows gas prices slipping again to $3.75. (Last week,  the national average for a gallon of regular stood at $3.83, according to the American Automobile Association.

These data points come during a quiet, Labor Day-shortened week of business metrics.

Other recent metric moves from late August show the Consumer Confidence Index back over the 100 mark at 103.2.

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Metrics alert: The retail industry monthly sales report from the U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled for a Sept. 15 release.