Housing Starts: Media mixed messages

By Bill Conerly, Conerly Consulting LLC, Businonmics

I try not rant in this blog.  I really try.  But here’s the Wall Street Journal headline:  “Housing Starts Rise, but Remain Subdued.”  On the other hand, CNBC says, ” Producer Prices, Housing Starts Post Surprise Drops.” Huh?  Did housing starts rise, or did they drop?  Turns out, they effectively did neither.  Oh, there was a tiny change from last month to this month, but really, really tiny, so much that they were effectively flat.  Look at the chart and see if you don’t agree.

The moral of the story: the newspaper headlines tell you approximately nothing.

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