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U.S. home prices continue to rise
 

U.S. home prices rose 1.2 percent from July 2011 to July 2012, the biggest such gain in seven years, according to new data released Tuesday by the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller index. It is the latest in a spate of evidence showing growing strength in the housing market, which had been severely crippled by the Great Recession. Many analysts say a rejuvenated housing market would go a long way in boosting the broader economy, which remains sluggish. 

 

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