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Posted: December 20, 2012 at 3:44 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Growth in housing starts was extremely strong in the prior three months... so some giveback is not a concern at this point.” Robert Kavcic, an economist at BMO Capital Markets Article, 1D

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