Retail sales jumped by the most in five months in November, giving retailers an unexpected dose of holiday cheer in a slow season, according to government data released Thursday.
WASHINGTON - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages eased slightly this week, remaining near historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan declined to 4.42% from 4.46% last week.
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The number of foreclosure filings in the U.S. fell 15% last month, to a seven-year low of 113,454 properties, according to RealtyTrac.
U.S. stocks mostly slid on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 extending losses into a third session, as investors considered the timing of any reductions in the Federal Reserve's monetary stimulus.