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Quicken Loans And Fathead Are Sponsors Of The ALS Association’s Detroit “Walk To Defeat ALS”

Quicken Loans And Fathead Are Sponsors Of The ALS Association’s Detroit “Walk To Defeat ALS”

2010 walk represents Association’s 25th year in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease Detroit, Mich. – Sept. 16,2010 – Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s largest online retail mortgage lender and fifth largest retail lender overall, and Fathead LLC, the leading brand in sports and entertainment graphic products, today announced they will serve as the official sponsors of Detroit’s Walk to Defeat ALS, the ALS Association’s annual fundraising event on Saturday, September 25, 2010. This will be the second year Quicken Loans and Fathead have participated in the event. The two companies have pledged to make the 2010 walks in Detroit, Cleveland (Sunday, Sept. 19) and Scottsdale (Sunday, Oct. 24) — where Quicken Loans has offices — record-breaking fundraisers for their respective ALS chapters. Quicken Loans’ family of companies employs more than 3,200 team members in the Metro-Detroit area. Quicken Loans and its family of companies in August moved their headquarters and 1,700 team members to downtown Detroit. This year’s walk will take place on the Detroit Riverfront, where participants will enjoy walking along the river with spectacular views of both Detroit and Windsor, Canada. Check-in for the three-mile walk is at 9 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m. ALS, more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord. When the cells die, voluntary muscle control and movement dies with them. Each year, 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS, and every…

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Market Update – Japan Reigns in Yen's Strength to Buy Dollars

Market Update – Japan Reigns in Yen's Strength to Buy Dollars

Japan surprisingly stepped in yesterday to reign in the yen’s strength. This move boosted demand for short-dated Treasuries while weakening long-dated securities (10/30 year Treasuries and mortgages) because short-dated Treasuries are believed to be Japan’s favored place to put its dollar proceeds. This morning, the treasury and mortgage markets have continued yesterday’s sell-off.

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Market Update – Drop in Manufacturing Casts Doubt on Economic Recovery

Market Update – Drop in Manufacturing Casts Doubt on Economic Recovery

Mortgage security prices are down from yesterday’s close this morning, however, following the Empire Manufacturing release prices have now rallied some. The New York manufacturing reading came in lower than forecasted which is casting doubt on the strength of an economic recovery. In other economic news, the mortgage application index came in much lower than expected this week. This was led by 8.9 percent drop in refinancing.

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A ‘Daye’ At School Includes More Than School Supplies

A ‘Daye’ At School Includes More Than School Supplies

Pistons, Quicken Loans and Fathead provide 1,200 Detroit students with weekend meals and school supplies Detroit, Mich. – Sept. 14,2010 - One in five Michigan children are in need of food assistance. In an effort to assist, Pistons forward Austin Daye, Quicken Loans and Fathead, with help from Gleaners Community Food Bank, are providing all 1,200 K-9 students at Detroit Edison Public School Academy with a weekend bag of nutritious food and school supplies. The event is taking place Friday, Sept. 17 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Detroit Edison Academy. The weekend bags of food contain approximately six meals as well as nutrition information. This event serves as the launch of a statewide food program in which more than 1,000 additional students across Michigan are receiving the weekend bag of food for the entire 2010-11 school year, via proceeds from the 2010 Pistons Care Telethon benefiting the Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM) of which Gleaners is a member. The event tips off with a student assembly titled “Homework before Hoops” focused around healthy living and education. Following the assembly, volunteers from the Quicken Loans family of companies and Pistons personnel, including Daye, will distribute the bags of food and school supplies to the students. Each week after this event for the remainder of the school year, more than 400 Detroit Edison Academy students on the free lunch program will receive the weekend bags of food, thanks to Quicken Loans and Fathead’s donation to the Pistons Care Telethon, which provides funding…

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Quicken Loans And Fathead Are Official Sponsors Of The ALS Association’s Cleveland “Walk To Defeat ALS”

Quicken Loans And Fathead Are Official Sponsors Of The ALS Association’s Cleveland “Walk To Defeat ALS”

2010 walk represents Association’s 25th year in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease Cleveland, Ohio – Sept. 14, 2010 – Quicken Loans Inc. and Fathead LLC today announced they will serve as the official sponsors of Cleveland’s Walk to Defeat ALS, the ALS Association’s annual fundraising event on Sunday, September 19, 2010. This will be the second year Quicken Loans and Fathead have participated in the event. The two companies have pledged to make the 2010 walks in Cleveland, Detroit (Saturday, Sept. 25) and Scottsdale (Sunday, Oct. 24) — where Quicken Loans has offices — record-breaking fundraisers for their respective ALS chapters. Quicken Loans’ family of companies employs more than 2,000 team members in the Greater Cleveland area. This year’s walk will take place at Progressive Field, where participants will enjoy the opportunity to walk around the field that is home to Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians. Check-in for the 2.5 mile walk is at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. ALS, more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord. When the cells die, voluntary muscle control and movement dies with them. Each year, 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS, and every 90 minutes, someone dies as a result of the disease. The mission of The ALS Association is to lead the fight to find a cure for ALS through global cutting-edge research. The group also is…

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