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Here's which stocks outperform the market after housing starts beat expectations

The silhouette of a contractor is seen hammering wood framing for a house under construction in the Norton Commons subdivision of Louisville, Kentucky.
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The silhouette of a contractor is seen hammering wood framing for a house under construction in the Norton Commons subdivision of Louisville, Kentucky.

Housing starts soared to a more than nine-year high in October, blowing past even the most optimistic estimates by economists.

History shows investors should buy shares in makers of construction materials and home products after this number beats big. Retailers seem to also benefit as consumers feel wealthier.

October housing starts surged almost 26 percent to 1.32 million, topping the average economist estimate of 1.16 million, according to Thomson Reuters.

Using hedge fund analytics tool Kensho, CNBC PRO found out what happened to stocks in the S&P 500 five days after monthly housing starts beat economists' consensus by at least 1 standard deviation. This has occurred 26 times in the last 15 years.


Here were some of the top-performing S&P 500 stocks one week after a significant housing starts beat:


(Note some of these stocks have not been around since 2001 so they have a smaller number of occurrences.)

Disclosure: NBCUniversal, parent of CNBC, is a minority investor in Kensho.