The U.S. released the housing starts index for the month of April, where housing starts declined by 10.6 percent to an annual rate of 523 thousand, compared with the prior revised estiamte of 585 thousand, and below median estimates of 569 thousand.

while Building permits also delcined by 4.0% to an annual rate of 551 thousand, compared with the prior revised estimate of 574 thousand and below estimates of 590 thousand.