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Friday, October 16, 2015

September housing data eyed after August disappointed | Reuters

September housing data eyed after August disappointed | Reuters: U.S. housing stocks could be in for a boost if September data due out next week confirms strength that market watchers expect.

Home buyers returned from summer vacations to lower mortgage rates and increasing rents, and may have moved back into the market after staying away in August. Shares in the sector fell in mid-to-late September after August data missed expectations.

The NAHB (National Association of Homebuilders) housing market index measuring seller sentiment is due out Monday, to be followed during the week by data that includes building permits and housing starts, mortgages, and home prices and sales.

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McDonald’s Nears Decision on Real Estate - WSJ

McDonald’s Nears Decision on Real Estate - WSJ: McDonald’s Corp. is close to deciding what, if anything, to do with its vast U.S. real-estate holdings, board member Miles D. White said in an interview Thursday.

McDonald’s board and management haven’t made a decision yet, but “we have had a lot of review and a lot of debate,” said Mr. White, chief executive of Abbott Laboratories and head of the corporate-governance committee for McDonald’s board.

U of M hopes traffic will be smoother Saturday

U of M hopes traffic will be smoother Saturday: There is no easy way to fill, and later empty, a stadium with more than 50,000 people in a few hours, but the University of Memphis athletics department is taking steps to ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible Saturday.

Leading up to the Tigers' game against No. 13 Ole Miss at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, athletic director Tom Bowen and his staff have worked with stadium and city officials to improve several areas of the game-day operation, from traffic ingress and egress to concession sales in the stadium during the game.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early for Saturday morning's game, which begins at 11. Gates will open two hours before kickoff, which is 30 minutes earlier than usual, and general parking will be available at 5 a.m.

Falcons vs. Saints: New Orleans Grades, Notes and Quotes | Bleacher Report

Falcons vs. Saints: New Orleans Grades, Notes and Quotes | Bleacher Report: In desperate need of a win, the New Orleans Saints turned in their best effort of the season on Thursday Night Football, defeating the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 31-21.

The Saints, who improved to 2-4 with the win, played with a noticeable sense of urgency against their previously unbeaten divisional rivals. They also fed off the rowdy home crowd in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where they’ve earned both of their 2015 victories.

New Orleans was led by quarterback Drew Brees, who turned in a stellar performance, but it was tight end Benjamin Watson who had the career night with a 10-catch, 127-yard outing.