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News Summary: Builders start work on fewer homes

FEWER HOUSING STARTS: U.S. builders started work on fewer homes in June. Work began at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 836,000 homes in June, down from May's revised total of 928,000 and the fewest since August 2012. Full story

News Summary: Builder confidence, sales outlook up

STRONGER FOUNDATION: The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index surged this month, a trend that suggests home construction will accelerate in coming months. Full story

Rising Home Prices Sustainable?

  Housing starts are up across the nation as demand for new homes surges, with CNBC's Diana Olick. Jed Kolko, Trulia, weighs in.

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Despite housing starts data on the rise, and corporate profits at record levels, there are still dark clouds in the market. Art Laffer, Laffer Investments; Chris Kofinis, Former Sen. Manchin's chief of staff; Robert Traynham, Former Santorum aide; Jona...

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