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Despite a third weekly drop in refinancings, overall mortgage applications gained 1.2 percent last week on a seasonally adjusted basis from the week before, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported today. The seasonally adjusted purchase index increased by 2.7 percent to 404.1 from 393.6 the previous week whereas the refinance index decreased by 1 percent to 1,558.4 from 1,574.5 one week earlier. The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 37.3 percent of total applications from 38.1 percent the previous week.  The adjustable-rate-mortgage share of activity increased to 28.7 percent of total applications from 28.3 percent the previous week.  The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 6.36 percent from 6.31 percent. Points including the origination fee decreased to 1.02 from 1.13 for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio loans.  The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 6 perce...