The EconomyMacroeconomic news offered a read on the health of the housing market and the consumer. Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller 20-city index for January showed prices dipped 0.7% year over year. From December to January, prices rose 0.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF ( XHB) traded 0.1% higher at $17.03. The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index jumped to 52.5 in March, surpassing economists' expectations for a reading of 49. The level also exceeded February's reading of 46.4, which was upwardly revised from 46. The Retail HOLDRs ETF ( RTH) improved nearly 0.1% at $101.42.
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