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Dish will be part of the S&P 500 as of next Monday. The satellite television company replaces Linear Technology, which is being acquired by chipmaker Analog Devices, another S&P 500 company. (CNBC)

The National Federation of Independent Business February 2017 Jobs report is out. It finds small business owners are eager to hire, but are struggling to find qualified workers. 52% of small business owners either hired or tried to hire in February, with 44% saying they found few or no qualified applicants.

In February, China had its first trade deficit in three years. A construction boom moved imports higher than expected.  This gives support to the view China's economy is picking up. (Reuters)

Total mortgage application volume rose 3.3% last week, but volume is 18% lower than a year ago. Refinance volume is off 34% annually. The average interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 4.36%. Buyers are struggling to afford the homes and are turning to adjustable-rate loans, which offer lower interest rates. Last week the ARM share of mortgage applications reached its highest level since 2014. (Mortgage Bankers Association)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.
 

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  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

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