Economic

Podcast: US LBM CEO Shares Their Value Proposition

In this third  of five podcasts with LT Gibson, CEO of building material distributor US LBM exploring the question, "So what makes you different?"

Top 50 Housing Markets: The Good and Bad for Metros (With Complete Market Data for 21-30)

It's a 50-city tour of the largest housing markets, evaluating vital housing stats, employment information, and population numbers to find out what’s good, what’s bad, and what's the bottom line for housing going forward.

US Trade Commission May Impose Tariffs on Imported Sheet Steel

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday announced a preliminary determination that imports of corrosion-resistant steel from China, India, Italy, South Korea and Taiwan injured the U.S. steel industry.

Federal Reserve Less Reserved About Housing

For the first time in a while, Federal Reserve policy makers are feeling better about the U.S. housing market.

Is Housing Regaining Rightful Place in Driving US Economy?

America’s housing market is starting to heat up and provide some pep for an economy held back by lukewarm manufacturing.

Mega LBM Mergers Create Battleground in Texas

Both super-mergers announced recently--Builders FirstSource ( BFS) with ProBuild and BMC with Stock Building Supply--have one thing in common: A reliance on business in Texas.

Builder Confidence & Permits Surge Upward

The pace of housing construction slowed in May, after a post-winter rebound in April. However, forward-looking indicators, most notably the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index and the expansion of housing permits, suggest more growth ahead.

Metrostudy Suggests Housing Start Drop 'Misleading'

The government’s June report on housing starts showed an 11.1% decline, but that was on the heels of an incredibly strong report the previous month.   

Tibbets Lumber Appoints New Leadership Team

Russ Hallenbeck, a 28-year veteran with the Tibbetts family, was selected to succeed Juan Quesada as chief executive officer of Tibberts Lumber and Cox Lumber.

Top 50 Housing Markets: The Good and Bad for Metros (With Complete Market Data for 11-20)

It's a 50-city tour of the largest housing markets, evaluating vital housing stats, employment information, and population numbers to find out what’s good, what’s bad, and what's the bottom line for housing going forward.