Existing-home sales soar in February, hit 11-month high

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From Andrea Riquier: The numbers: Existing-home sales ran at a 5.51 million seasonally-adjusted annual rate in February, the National Association of Realtors said Friday. That was an increase of 11.8% for the month.
NYSE:XHB March 22, 2019 12:52pm

Mortgage rates slide to a 13-month low

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From Andrea Riquier: Rates for home loans fell, with no bottom in sight as investors increasingly brace for slowing economic growth.
NYSE:XHB March 21, 2019 6:19pm

Now could be a great time to buy the home-builder sector

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From Philip Van Doorn: What a difference a few months can make.
NYSE:XHB March 18, 2019 12:05pm

Sales of new U.S. homes in the U.S. dropped almost 7% in January

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From Jeffry Bartash: The numbers: Sales of new U.S. homes in the U.S. dropped almost 7% in January, indicating the housing market got off to a slow start in early 2019 amid a partial government shutdown and patches of unusually harsh weather.
NYSE:XHB March 14, 2019 11:36am

Mortgage rates sink to the lowest level in a year

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From Steve Goldstein: Mortgage rates skidded last week to the lowest level in a year.

iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB) crosses above the 200-day moving average

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From ETF Channel: In trading on Monday, shares of the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB) crossed above their 200-day moving average of $35.05, changing hands as high as $35.15 per share. iShares U.S. Home Construction shares are currently trading up about 1.3% on the day. The chart below shows the one-year performance of ITB shares, versus its 200 day moving average:
BATS:ITB March 12, 2019 4:58pm

Homebuilder ETFs Rising As We Enter Spring Selling Season

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From Sweta Killa: The U.S. housing market has shown a strong rebound since the start of the year and seems to be stronger ahead of the key spring selling season. This is especially true given the slew of upbeat data, decline in mortgage rates and strong earnings. Notably, the Dow Jones U.S. Select Home Construction Index, one of the most widely followed gauges of homebuilder and home improvement equities, has gained nearly 18% this year.
NYSE:XHB March 8, 2019 2:47pm

The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate is lower in 2019 than in 2018

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From Andrea Riquier: Rates for home loans rose slightly, squelching borrower enthusiasm even as the long-term outlook for rates remained upbeat for buyers.
BATS:ITB March 7, 2019 3:31pm

New home sales increased 3.7%, rise to a 7-month high in December

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From Reuters: Sales of new U.S. single-family homes rose to a seven-month high in December, but November's outsized jump was revised lower, pointing to continued weakness in the housing market.
BATS:ITB March 5, 2019 2:20pm

5 Homebuilder Stocks Likely to Gain in 2019

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From Swarup Gupta: Housing stocks were dealt a blow by the release of dismal sectoral data on Feb 26. Home Depot's (HD - Free Report) dismal fourth-quarter numbers worsened matters. Consequently, the iShares Home Construction ETF (ITB) and the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) each declined at least 0.6%.
NYSE:XHB March 1, 2019 3:16pm

Pending US home sales jump 4.6% in January

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From Diana Olick:
NYSE:XHB February 27, 2019 11:50am

Home prices in December increased at the slowest pace in 3.5 years

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NYSE:XHB February 26, 2019 11:59am

Mortgage rates fall to a 1-year low

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From Andrea Riquier: Rates for home loans fell to the lowest in over a year as investors remained concerned about economic headwinds, setting up the housing market for a strong spring season.
NYSE:XHB February 22, 2019 3:21pm

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