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Homebuilder sentiment in May pulls out of negative territory


Business inventories fall 0.1%; homebuilder confidence rises 5 points to 50

Homebuilders are getting a big boost from the lack of existing homes for sale, and that appears to be outweighing some of the challenges they’re facing from financial markets.

Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes rose 5 points in May to 50, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). It’s the fifth straight month of gains and the first reading of builder sentiment since July that wasn’t negative, which would be a reading below 50. Sentiment stood at 69 in May of last year.

“New home construction is taking on an increased role in the marketplace because many home owners with loans well below current…


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