April 17, 2018
Tuesday's good news starts with housing starts and permits which both rose much stronger than expected and set the stage for next week's data on home sales. Manufacturing production proved soft in an industrial production report, however, where there were plenty of strengths especially for mining.
Most markets were little changed but not stocks which appear to be getting a boost from strong first-quarter earnings. The Dow posted a second straight 0.9 percent gain to 24,786.