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Analysts at Nomura are expecting the US housing starts to come in at 1220k in July, up 4.0% from 1173k in June.

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“Despite an expected rebound, 1220k would be below the Q2 average of 1262k and could indicate slow growth in housing starts in the near term. While single-family building permits were up decently in June, that increase was concentrated in the South.”

“The three other Census regions saw declines in single-family permits. In particular, the West saw continued softening in permits in recent months, possibly suggesting that improvement in starts will likely be slow.”

“Housing starts continue to be inhibited by supply-side constraints such as skilled construction labor shortages and rising building material costs. Multifamily housing starts, which tend to be quite volatile, likely rebounded strongly after a 19.8% decline in June. However, building permits for multifamily structures declined for the third consecutive month in June.”

“The recent soft readings point to some downside risk on multifamily housing starts. On permits, we only expect a modest 0.2% m-o-m increase to 1295k in July.”