Stock Futures Fall on China, Housing Data
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Stock futures pointed to a lower open Tuesday following mixed real estate data and signs of a cooling Chinese economy.
Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were falling 65 points, or 69.1 points below fair value, at 13,102. Futures for the S&P 500 were down 7.7 points, or 8 points below fair value, at 1396, and futures for the Nasdaq were behind by 12.5 points, or 14 points below fair value, at 2715.
The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that February housing starts fell to a 698,000 annual pace from an upwardly revised 706,000 clip the previous month. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters were expecting the number to come in at 700,000. The bureau also reported that building permits for February rose to a notably better than expected 717,000 rate, from 682,000 in January. Economists were expecting building permits to come in at a 690,000 rate."Starts were helped by the 21.1% gain in multi-family, while single-family declined 9.9%, a very sharp loss," said Ian Lyngen, a senior strategist at CRT.
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