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Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:31:02 +0000


TV Series Premiers for March 2014

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:28:57 +0000


The CW The 100

There are 26 new TV series or season premiers starting in March this year. Here are some of the highlights for 2014.

“Those Who Kill”

The series premier of “Those Who Kill” will appear on the A&E Network on Monday March 3rd. The pilot follows homicide detective Catherine Jensen (Chloe Sevigny) as she tracks down serial killers. She is also looking for the truth behind her brother’s disappearance. She is joined by Thomas Schaeffer (James D’Arcy) in her quest.

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Mortgage Rates Trending Higher in 2014

Wed, 01 Jan 2014 05:23:50 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Interest rates have been trending higher over the last year; according to data collected by Best Syndication (see the charts below). On December 31st 2012, the average national interest rate was 3.428 percent. Today, the average overall rate is 4.375 percent.

Rates across the board were higher. The average FHA, VA, and Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) rates were all higher. Although mortgage interest rates dropped slightly Monday, the weekly trend was higher. Stocks were also higher over the last year as the Federal Reserve continued their easing practices.

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Mortgage Interest Rates Rise as Uncertainty Sweeps Washington

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:13:59 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Mortgage interest rates increased four of the last five days as the debt ceiling deadline loomed (see the mortgage rate charts below). Wrangling over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling pushed bond and note prices lower driving yields higher. The higher yields have had their effect on the current mortgage interest rates.

The U.S. Department of Treasury said that the yield on the 10-year note, the most common benchmark used by bankers to help calculate the interest on the 30-year fixed rate mortgage (FRM), increase five basis points (bps) on Tuesday. The Federal National Mortgage Association (OTCBB:FNMA) also increased their required net yield (RNY) rates five bps (see the benchmark chart below).

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Mortgage Rates Fall Again as Spooked Investors Flee Stock Market

Sat, 28 Sep 2013 07:26:02 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Mortgage rates continued to drop this week after a 30-day downward trend (see the mortgage rate charts below). The lower rates are a reflection of the shift in money from equities to the safe havens.

The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate fell one basis point on Friday and is down 10 basis points (bps) on the week. Although mortgage rates are dropping right now, the 100-day trend has been higher (see the mortgage rate chart below). The average VA and FHA loan rates are lower, as are the average adjustable rate mortgages (ARMS) and Jumbo loans.

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Mortgage Rates Dropping Again This Week – Home Buyers Taking Advantage

Tue, 24 Sep 2013 09:00:18 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Mortgage interest rates decreased again last week as application volume continued to rise (see the mortgage rate charts below). The low rate has prompted an increase in refinancing and home buying.

Last week the national average rate dropped 13 basis points (bps), but on Monday that conventional mortgage rate dropped another three bps to 4.207 percent. The average FHA rate slipped 15 bps while the average VA loan rate dropped 13 bps. This followed a 50+ point upward trend over the last 100 days.

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Mortgage Rates Mixed This Week with FHA and Jumbo Loans Dropping

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 06:45:24 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Mortgage interest rates were slightly higher today, but jumbo and FHA fixed rates fell (see the mortgage rate tables below). Consumer credit expanded in July, according to data released by the Federal Reserve, but less than forecast.

The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage (FRM) jumped one basis point to 4.418 percent on Tuesday, but the average FHA loan rate fell two basis points (bps). VA mortgage rates jumped another four points in one day.

Interest rates have been trending higher over the last month and 100-day period. Uncertainty surrounding the central bank’s easing programs pushed stocks lower but put upward pressure on mortgage rates. The average FHA mortgage rate is 103 basis points higher.

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FDA announces Product Safety Recall for MOTRIN Infant Drops

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 03:39:32 +0000


Best Syndication News - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that McNeil Consumer Healthcare has voluntarily recalled certain lots of Concentrated MOTRIN Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor. About 200,000 bottles are involved in the recall, but only three lots of the ½ fluid ounce bottles are involved.

The recall was announced when the company discovered 1 mm sized plastic particles in a different product lot that was being manufactured and has not been shipped. McNeil believes that the plastic pieces came from a third party supplier of ibuprofen, which is an ingredient used to make their product. Out of extreme safety measures, McNeil Consumer Healthcare has decided to recall three lots of Concentrated MOTRIN Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor ½ fluid ounce sized bottles, because these lots also used the same batch of ibuprofen.

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Mortgage Rates Edge Higher on Improved Economic Conditions

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 07:25:23 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Mortgage interest rates continued to increase on expectations that the Federal Reserve will slow their stimulus programs. The same pressure has put downward pressure on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) since the August 2nd high of 15,658.

Freddie Mac said the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage jumped 0.7 basis points (bps) this week. Their Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) indicated that rates have been trending higher since April (see the graph). The current 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.57 percent.

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Mortgage Rates Trending Lower Again after a Monthly Upswing

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 06:16:06 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Mortgage interest rates dropped three days in a row after a long-term upward trend (see the mortgage rate and benchmark charts below). Shaky investor confidence as the Federal Reserve considers tapering down their easing programs has pushed up the price of government securities driving yields lower.

The average 30-year conventional rate fell two basis points (bps) on Tuesday (see the mortgage rate chart below). Over the last 5-day period the average rate has fallen 10 bps; however the 30-day and 100-day trends were higher.

Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) held their conventional rates unchanged, but did lower their 30-year fixed rate mortgage 13 basis points in certain areas.

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Mortgage Rates Continue to Rise After Week of Declines

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 06:37:28 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Mortgage rates jumped again today after a drop last week in conventional lending rates (see the mortgage rate charts below). Some of the benchmarks rose after a lift in stocks and gold.

The average 30-year fixed conventional rate mortgage jumped six basis points (bps) to 4.278 percent (see the mortgage rate table below). Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) raised their rate to 4.67 percent and their 30-year Fixed FHA rate 14 bps to 5.57 percent. Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) raised their conventional rate 12 bps to 4.68 percent.

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Mortgage Rates Trend Lower After 30-Day Upswing

Sat, 10 Aug 2013 08:07:38 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Mortgage rates trended lower this week as the benchmarks used by banks shifted in the negative direction (see the mortgage rate charts below). The shift is counter to a 100-day upward movement by the major lenders.

The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell 11 basis points (bps) last week, however over the last 100-days the rate is still 59 basis points (bps) higher (see the mortgage rate charts below).

Fannie Mae, the Federal National Mortgage Association (OTCBB:FNMA), lowered their RNY rate three bps on Friday. The secondary lender’s 100-day trend is still much higher (see the benchmark chart below).

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What Will Replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:15:31 +0000


(Best Syndication News) The President proposed doing away with the two-big government sponsored enterprises (GSE), replacing them with private capital and an increased role for government.

Part of the government role will be to provide “incentives” for financial institutions to provide “high quality loans and products.” The role of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will also continue. FHA will guarantee continue to guarantee qualified bank loans. The administration also expects to strengthen the lending market with legislative proposals.

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Current Mortgage Rates – VA and FHA Loan Rates Increase

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 08:39:30 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Conventional mortgage rates slumped today after Freddie Mac made drastic changes in their required net yield (RNY) rates (see the mortgage rate charts below). The London InterBank Offered Rate (LIBOR) dropped while the 10-year note yield jumped four basis points (bps).

Although the average mortgage rate fell this week, the monthly and 100-day trend has been much higher. Higher home prices and a faster pace in home sales is producing a seller’s market in the United States. This could change if interest rates continue to rise – however the Federal Reserve has not signaled any changed in their targets.

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Service Sector in July Grows more than expected

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:00:33 +0000


(Best Syndication News) The Institute For Supply Management (ISM) said their non-manufacturing sector index increased 3.8 percentage points in July 2013.

Despite the good news the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the broader S&P 500 shrank in value in early trading. The Dow is down 37 points (-0.24%) and the S&P is down 1.84 points (-0.11%). The tech-heavy NASDAQ is up 0.65 (+0.02).

"The NMI™ registered 56 percent in July, 3.8 percentage points higher than the 52.2 percent registered in June. This indicates continued growth at a faster rate in the non-manufacturing sector”, said Anthony Nieves, C.P.M., CFPM, chair of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee.

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July Auto Sales Soar to Pre-Recession Levels

Fri, 02 Aug 2013 07:41:15 +0000


(Best Syndication News) July auto sales jumped to pre-recession levels, according to the big-three automakers. Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) said that small car sales are up 32 percent year-over-year (y-o-y) while utility vehicles also posted strong gains.

General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) sold 234,071 cars last month, an increase of 23 percent (16 percent y-o-y). Kurt McNeil, vice president, U.S. sales operations, called their sales “well balanced” in the slow recovery. The company’s new products also helped.

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Current Mortgage Rates Today – Wells Fargo and Bank of America Make Changes

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 07:44:28 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Mortgage rates edged higher today as lenders continue to adjust their products to the changing secondary lending market (see charts below). stocks were mixed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) moved lower and the S&P 500 and NASDAQ gained ground.

The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage (FRM) jumped 11 basis points (bps) in one day. The average 30-year rate is now 4.264 percent (see the chart below). The most common mortgage product has climbed 60 bps over the last 100 days.

Freddie Mac (FHLMC) has not updated their 30-year required net yield rate (RNY) for over one week, but this secondary lending factor has been steadily increasing as well. Fannie Mae (FNMA) raised their 30-year 60-year RNY rate one basis point on Tuesday.

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Fri, 21 Jun 2013 17:04:17 +0000

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Mortgage rates were higher today as the benchmarks provide mixed results

Sun, 10 Feb 2013 19:29:58 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Mortgage interest rates jumped four basis points (bps) on Friday as money flowed back into equities (see the mortgage rate charts below). A set of worse-than-expected economic indicators put pressure on stocks throughout the week.


The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) advanced 48 points (+0.35%) on Friday but was down 12.02 percent on the week. On Monday the Department of Commerce said that Factory orders increased just 1.8 percent in December. Economists were expecting a three percent increase.

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“The Adventures of Captain Underpants” App released for Apple iPad

Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:29:34 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - The popular children book series published by Scholastic has now been released as an app for the Apple iPad tablet. “The Adventures of Captain Underpants,” is available exclusively on the Apple App Store. This week, author Dav Pilkey also published his tenth book in the series -- Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers.

The popular Captain Underpants book series has been around for over 15 years. Since the first book, which was published in September 1997, over 50 million books in the series have been printed for distribution in North America. The Captain Underpants series feature silly illustrations, which add to the superhero’s antics that saves the day.

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