The Week Ahead

HOUSING STARTS

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. EST -- Housing starts were probably little changed in December from the annual rate of 1.6 million posted in November. That's the median forecast of economists surveyed by Standard & Poor's MMS, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Thanks to strong consumer supports and low mortgage rates, the home building industry in 1999 had its best year since 1986.

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