Housing starts

U.S. housing starts and permits fell in December after hefty gains the prior month, adding to a raft of weak data that have raised concerns over the health of the economy.

Annualized U.S. single-family home prices rose in October at a slightly faster pace than in September and above market expectations, a closely watched survey showed on Tuesday.

U.S. housing plunged to their lowest levels in a year in February, thanks to nasty weather and an economic soft spot.
The latest information seems to indicate a buoyant view amongst homebuilders, confirming optimism hovering lately at an eight-year high according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
Activity increased across all regions... however, the pace of activity within the housing market continues to run well-below where it should be for this stage of the cycle.
Housing starts rebounded sharply in July. The report also showed a strong rebound in construction of multi-unit dwellings, which jumped to the strongest level in over eight years.
Traders have a number of important economic reports to watch next week, including the Fed's latest Beige Book release and a number of reports on the state of housing.
Builders began work on fewer U.S. homes than projected in August, helping explain why Federal Reserve policy makers decided to maintain stimulus aimed at sustaining the economic expansion.