Here We Go Again---Swell Numbers Which Aren't

According to the financial press we have had some swell economic numbers in the last two days---so it's giddy-up-and-go time for the stock market again. Thursday's industrial production number was allegedly gangbusters and today's housing start figure for October was described as a "boom" by the incorrigible headline writers at MarketWatch:

The Commerce Department on Friday said October housing starts surged, rising 13.7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.29 million.
Obviously, "surge" is a very different thing than "flat" or "punk", but those latter terms are exactly what was reported by the Commerce Department this AM.

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