Housing Stocks Have Entered Bear Market Territory (XHB)

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From Dana Lyons: Housing stocks are down nearly 20% since our warning near the highs in January.

Back in January, we noted that one sector that had been on fire — housing stocks — was potentially at risk of cooling off. At least, that was our read on the group based on the chart of the PHLX Housing Sector Index (HGX). The HGX, at the time, had jumped more than 20% since breaking above its previous all-time high in late September. That high was set in 2005 near the 294 level. However, as we highlighted in the January post, the HGX had found its way up to 2 key Fibonacci Extensions near the 360-362 area:

  • The 127.2% Fibonacci Extension of 2005-2009 Decline
  • The 261.8% Fibonacci Extension of 2015-2016 Decline

In hindsight, we see that that juncture was indeed a good time to reduce exposure to housing stocks, as the HGX would top out just 7 days later, closing no higher than 365. And since then, it has been straight down for the HGX — to the tune of about -20%, as of yesterday.


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Disclaimer: JLFMI’s actual investment decisions are based on our proprietary models. The conclusions based on the study in this letter may or may not be consistent with JLFMI’s actual investment posture at any given time. Additionally, the commentary provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as a recommendation to invest in any specific securities or according to any specific methodologies. Proper due diligence should be performed before investing in any investment vehicle. There is a risk of loss involved in all investments.

The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) was unchanged in premarket trading Monday. Year-to-date, XHB has declined -10.46%, versus a 2.06% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

XHB currently has an ETF Daily News SMART Grade of B (Buy), and is ranked #21 of 41 ETFs in the Consumer-Focused ETFs category.

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