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Data Shows Uneven Recovery Nationwide

The underlying components of the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index varied greatly, indicating that the nation's economic and housing markets are not quite back up to "normal."

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Housing Starts Show Modest Gains

Though the gains in starts and permits are modest‒‒not to mention multi-faceted‒‒the upturn is certainly more welcome news to industry pundits than the numbers that came from February. That month, the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that privately-owned housing starts had hit their lowest rate in years. Housing starts were down 17 percent from January and 3.3 percent below the February prior.

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Leading Economic Indicators Lose Momentum in January

The Conference Board reported a 0.2 percent month-over-month increase in its Leading Economic Index (LEI), putting the measure at 121.1. The index, which measures early growth signs as a gauge of future economic developments, had increased 0.4 percent in December and 0.3 percent in November.

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Housing Starts, Permits Fall in January

Homebuilders broke ground on new homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.07 million in January, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. January's rate of new construction was 2.0 percent below December's revised estimate of 1.09 million units annually but 18.7 percent above the year-ago pace of 897,000 units.

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Homebuilders Finish Best Year for Housing Starts Since 2007

Builders broke ground on new residences at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million in December, an increase of 4.4 percent month-over-month and 5.3 percent year-over-year, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. For the entire year, the government estimates homebuilders started on 1.01 million new units, making 2014 the first year since 2007 that starts topped the 1 million mark.

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