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November numbers give mixed signals

New data show that the housing sector slumped while manufacturing grew. The pending-home-sales index fell 16 percent, but factory orders were up 1.1 percent.

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Economic signs pointing in opposite directions
Article | The rebound in manufacturing showed further signs of promise for the economy in the coming year, according to government data released Tuesday, even as housing, another key driver of the country's nascent recovery, offered new cause for worry.

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