* D.R. Horton shares up 1.2 pct
* Homebuilder index up 1 pct vs flat S&P 500
* August starts up 10.5 pct, permits up 1.8 pct (Adds analyst quote, updates share action)
NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Shares of major U.S. homebuilders rose on Tuesday on positive housing data, extending a rally that started Monday after the third-biggest builder, Lennar Corp (LEN.N), reported better-than-expected quarterly results.
On Tuesday, the Commerce Department said August's housing starts increased more than expected to their highest level in four months. Permits rose 1.8 percent from July. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ For a graphic click: link.reuters.com/dej74p ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Single-family starts, however, rose only 4.3 percent, while single-family permits fell 1.2 percent.
That means starts will likely fall in September, according to a research note from Credit Suisse analyst Dan Oppenheim who warned of “less sanguine single-family details beneath the headlines.”
Homebuilders on average were up 1 percent, according to the Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index .DJUSHB, outpacing the broader market as measured by the S&P 500 index, which was flat to slightly down.