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Bend, OR
Mostly Cloudy 37°F
  • 65% humidity
  • Winds at 7 mph
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  • Night Work 8th and Greenwod in Bend.      8:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.
  • S.E. 15th Street CLOSED between Knott Road and Ferguson Road for utility work.
  • Reed Market Road Eastbound only between 3rd and 9th streets.
  • Packed snow on Santiam and Willamette Passes.  Carry Chains.
  • First Quarter is in the books

    US Stocks closed the first quarter with sizeable losses yesterday.  The Dow was down in the 1st quarter, while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ finished the quarter slightly higher.  Investors are eagerly awaiting first quarter earnings season which starts next week.

    The Case-Shiller home price index which measures house prices in 20 major US cities rose 4.5% year over year last month.  Charlotte, Miami, and San Diego all saw the largest price increases.  A combination of low interest rates, strong consumer confidence, cheap oil, and low inflation continue to support further increases in home prices.

    An index that measures the confidence of the US consumer surged in March because Americans think the economy will continue to improve over the next 6 months.

    The US Dollar had its largest quarterly rise in the 1st quarter since 2008.  The dollar rose 9% against the Euro based on diverging monetary policies.  The US Fed is going to start to tighten monetary policy, while the ECB is losing their monetary policy.  The good news is it keeps getting cheaper to travel to Europe.

    The payroll company ADP is out this morning with their March employment report showing US employer's added 189,000 jobs last month which is the lowest increase in monthly jobs in 14 months.

    Ford and General Motors are out this morning with their March auto sales numbers.  Both companies saw year over year declines in sales of about 3.5% in March.  Both companies pointed to inclement weather in much of the country as reasons for weak sales numbers.


 1-Apr Wed Blazers vs Clippers 7:00 PM
 2-Apr Thu        
 3-Apr Fri    Blazers at Lakers    7:30 PM
 4-Apr Sat  Blazers vs N. Oln    7:00 PM
 5-Apr Sun        
 6-Apr Mon Blazers at Brklyn    7:00 PM
 7-Apr Tue        
 8-Apr Wed Blazers vs MN    7:00 PM
 9-Apr Thu  Blazers at G. St.    7:30 PM
10-Apr Fri    
11-Apr Sat Blazers vs Utah    7:00 PM
12-Apr Sun        
13-Apr Mon Blazers at OKC    5:00 PM
14-Apr Tue        
15-Apr Wed Blazers at Dallas    5:00 PM

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  • Blazers Slam Suns, 109-86

    (Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers have a playoff berth in the bag, following last night's 109-86 win over the Phoenix Suns.  Damian Lillard led Portland with 19 poin...Read More

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