Industry Dashboard for March 28, 2011

With existing-home sales slipping to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.88 million, all three housing starts and home sales dials are running behind the paces set last month and last year.

That picture of poor performance stands in contrast to the Home Channel Stock Roundup, which shows all 10 companies tracked running ahead of last month and last year. Tractor Supply Co. leads the way -- up more than 90% from its year-ago share value.

Meanwhile, gas prices increased to a national average of $3.58 per gallon, up from $3.29 last month, and up from $2.81 a year ago, according to the AAA.