Consumer Cos Flat After Tax Bill, Housing Data -- Consumer Roundup

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Shares of retailers and other consumer companies were more or less flat after the House of Representatives voted for a massive tax-cut bill.

Home builders held near record highs after another round of strong data from the industry. Housing starts rose 3.3% in November from the prior month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.297 million, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

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Darden Restaurants rose after the operator of Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse restaurants posted sales ahead of Wall Street targets.

--Rob Curran,

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December 19, 2017 17:13 ET (22:13 GMT)