Weak Housing Starts At 549K Versus Exp. Of 575K, Prior Revised Down From 593K To 578K

No surprises in the housing starts and permits data, which continued the disappointing recent macroeconomic trend. June starts came in at 549K on expectations of 575K, even as May data was revised down from 593K to 578K. Of course, with roughly 12 million vacant units still to clear out, 8 of which in shadow inventory, it is a little odd this number has not been at zero for about the second year running. Futures, somehow, ramp on this disappointing number.

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