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Mortgage Applications in U.S. Increase on Gain in Purchases

The number of mortgage applications in the U.S. rose as purchases increased for a third straight week and refinancing picked up.

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s index increased 5.8 percent in the week ended Nov. 5, the Washington-based group said today. Refinancing rose 6 percent and purchase applications were up 5.5 percent, the most since Oct. 1.