Trends & Analysis

US New-Home Sales Surge in February

US New-Home Sales Surge in February

Sales of new U.S. homes in February climbed to their fastest pace in seven years, as an otherwise dormant housing market showed fresh signs of life.
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Restaurants, Bars Drove US Job Growth in February

It's been an extended happy hour at U.S. bars and restaurants, which led hiring gains last month.
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Little Rock Burgundy Book Shows Optimism

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' latest Burgundy Book showed "improving optimism" in the Fed district's Little Rock Zone, which includes all but the northeast part of the state.
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Middle-Class Values (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

In their second debate last fall, Mark Pryor fumbled the question of how to define the middle class, saying that it would include income up to $200,000 a year. Tom Cotton picked it up and scored, accusing Pryor of “hanging out with out-of-state billionaires if he thinks $200,000 in Arkansas is the middle class.” read more >

Supporting Homegrown Innovation (Michael Singleton Commentary)

In reality, innovative research with world-changing implications happens every day in our universities and private companies. But what good is the best research discovery, technology or innovation if it never leaves the lab? read more >

Return on Equity: Top 14 Performers Dot Arkansas

Fourteen lenders based in Arkansas produced returns on equity (ROE) that topped 13 percent during 2014. The banks were scattered across the state and represented some of the largest and smallest financial institutions. read more >

#HB1228 Tests LGBT Economic Argument (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

How the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" is testing an effort by gay rights supporters to turn the fight over anti-discrimination laws and same-sex marriage into a financial debate, not a social one. read more >

US Economic Growth Might Be Mild, But It's Also Really Durable

The U.S. economy's tepid performance last quarter — a 2.2 percent annual growth rate, the government said Friday — was typical of the economic rebound that began in the summer of 2009. read more >

Arkansas Personal Income Up 3 Percent in 2014

Arkansas' state personal income rose 3.1 percent in 2014, according to the latest report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Department of Commerce. read more >

Little Rock Burgundy Book Shows Optimism

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' latest Burgundy Book showed "improving optimism" in the Fed district's Little Rock Zone, which includes all but the northeast part of the state. read more >

US New-Home Sales Surge in February

Sales of new U.S. homes in February climbed to their fastest pace in seven years, as an otherwise dormant housing market showed fresh signs of life. read more >