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Construction Spending Drops in July

The Commerce Department reports a surprise 0.6% decline for the month.

Construction spending in the U.S. showed a surprise 0.6% decline in July, as spending in both residential and commercial construction tapered in the month, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

The decline in July follows a 0.3% increase in June and marks a sharper decline than the 0.4% drop economists were expecting. Residential construction fell 2.3%, and non-residential spending fell 0.7%.

The fresh data appeared to have little effect on the direction of homebuilder stocks early in the session Tuesday. Howewver, in recent afternoon trading they were mostly trading higher:

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was recently up 2.5% at $20.23.

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