June Construction Numbers Tried to Hang on; Fannie Sees Slowdown Slowing; Rates Drop as Bonds Accelerate

The residential construction numbers in June were expected to come in largely in the same neighborhood as in May. Analysts however got it only half right. While starts fell fractionally, permits took a dive, falling by 6.1 percent compared to the previous month. The U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development said permits for residential construction were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,220,000 compared to a revised 1,299,000 in May. May permits were originally reported at an annual rate of 1,295,000. The June number put the year-over-year results down by 6.6 percent. Analysts polled by Econoday had expected an annual pace of 1,300,000 for permits. Their forecasts ranged from 1,252,000 to 1,300,000, missing the actual results completely. Permits for single-family

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