NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Freddie Mac (FMCC) and Fannie Mae (FNMA) are down 1.57% to $3.76, and 1.5% to $3.78, respectively, after the federally controlled mortgage finance firms lowered their forecasts for the U.S. housing market's performance in 2014, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Fannie Mae chief economist Doug Duncan said today he expects builders to start construction on 1.05 million housing units this year, 50,000 below an earlier Fannie forecast.
He cited constraints on credit and labor, the Journal said.
Freddie had previously cut its forecast for home sales this year to 5.5 million from an earlier estimate of 5.6 million.
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