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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Decision Economics
U.S. builders started work on homes in December at the fastest pace since the summer of 2008 and finished 2012 as their best year for residential construction since the early stages of the housing crisis.
The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes rose in January to the highest level in nearly two years, supporting the view that the housing market is gradually coming back.
Sales of new homes dipped in January but the final quarter of 2011 was stronger than first estimated.
President Obama gets mediocre marks for his handling of the economy, and Mitt Romney easily outpolls his Republican rivals, in an Associated Press survey of economists.
The outlook for American jobs and trade looked a little brighter Thursday, despite growing uncertainty overseas.
The number of people who bought new homes fell for the fourth straight month in July, putting sales on track to finish this year as the worst on records dating back a half-century.
A weak economy got a little lift Thursday with new data suggesting companies aren't pursuing mass layoffs and stores are a little busier.