Daily business briefing: St. Louis among top housing markets

March 20, 2014 

St. Louis is the 10th best market in the U.S. for home buyers, the St. Louis Business Journal reports. However, the rankings by real estate site Zillow also reveal that the estimated the median value for a home in St. Louis was at $130,800 in February, down 2.5 percent from the same month last year. Read more at http://www.bizournals.com/stlouis. ...

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Global stocks fell Thursday after the new head of the Federal Reserve suggested U.S. interest rates could rise sooner than financial markets were anticipating. Find out more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 5,000 last week. The four-week average of applications, fell 3,500 to 327,000, the lowest since late November, the Labor Department said Thursday. For more information, go to http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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The Minnesota Senate may vote as soon as Thursday afternoon on a $434 million tax relief plan that also puts $150 million into a state budget reserve. The bill would consume almost half of the state's projected $1.2 billion surplus. Learn more at http://www.bnd.com/business.

-- Will Buss, BND business writer

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