NEW YORK CITY-Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller's indices showthat prices of single-family homes shot up 1.3% in May after a 0.9%increase in April, a reflection of strong home sales driven byfederal tax credits. The price index for 20 cities increased 0.5%in May, a 4.6% hike from the previous year.

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The increases in these indexes have exceeded the ratesforecasted by Reuters polls, which is 0.2% hike on an adjustedbasis and 0.3% hike on an unadjusted basis. For the fullstory, go to Reuters.

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