"It looks like it's an operating beat, but they got there probably like no one thought they would," Raymond James analyst Anthony Polini told CNBC.
U.S. manufacturing output continued to expand in March, thawing out from the cold winter.
The Fed should try to make communications on the expected path of rates and the economy consistent with policy statements, a top official said.
Both U.S. housing starts and building permits suggested underlying market weakness.
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