How the U.S. residential real estate market could take a major hit from the trade war

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May 15, 2019 4:10pm NYSE:XHB

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From Jacob Passy: The trade dispute between the U.S. and China reached a fever point in recent days, as Washington and Beijing have gone tit for tat in imposing higher tariffs on imports.


Concerns that the two countries would not resolve the dispute sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.59% and the S&P 500 SPX, +0.72% reeling Monday, before staging modest rebounds Tuesday and Wednesday.

Chinese investors have been the biggest purchasers of U.S. residential real estate for six consecutive years, but President Trump’s trade war, and China’s efforts to reduce its national debt and boost economic growth, could change that.

And if the impasse continues, the effects could be even more far-reaching. “The Chinese government could place stricter capital controls about taking money out of China and buying in America,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors. China’s government has already put pressure on Chinese nationals to reduce their commercial real-estate investments.


The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) was trading at $40.23 per share on Wednesday afternoon, up $0.14 (+0.35%). Year-to-date, XHB has declined -8.92%, versus a 7.44% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

XHB currently has an ETF Daily News SMART Grade of C (Neutral), and is ranked #32 of 41 ETFs in the Consumer-Focused ETFs category.


This article is brought to you courtesy of MarketWatch.


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