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The number of mortgage applications increased 7.7 percent from last week on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's weekly survey. The MBA seasonally adjusted purchase index increased by 7.4 percent to 476 from 443.1 the previous week. The seasonally adjusted refinance index increased by 8 percent to 1,948.9 from 1,804.1 one week earlier. The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 41.4 percent of total applications from 40.7 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate-mortgage share of activity decreased to 32.9 percent of total applications from 33.1 percent the previous week. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 5.79 percent from 5.75 percent one week earlier. Points including the originat...