Investors who own the SPDR Homebuilders (XHB) exchange traded fund (ETF) may be disappointed in the housing slump. In the third quarter the economy expanded a mere 2%, bogged down by the worst decline in construction since 1991. According to Seeking Alpha the GDP figure fell short of expectations.  Recent reports show sales of new homes rose higher-than-expected in November, but were down 15.3% from a year ago.

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