Five-year Treasury ARMs: Averaged 4.79 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.82 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 5.61 percent.
Housing construction continued to decline, as total starts fell to the lowest level since the Census Bureau began its monthly series in January 1959. While single-family construction appears to be near or at a bottom, multi-unit construction continued to recede. Reflecting the apparent stabilization in single-family construction levels, homebuilder confidence rose in May to the highest level since September 2008 and represented the first back-to-back up tick since February 2008.
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