Raymond James cuts its ratings on 2 large homebuilder stocks

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From Rich Smith (TMFDitty): on a few more. But do these analysts even know what they're talking about? Today, we're taking two high-profile Wall Street picks and putting them under the microscope...
NYSE:XHB February 15, 2019 3:26pm

The rapid ascent of housing prices in the past 10 years has experts worried

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From Wayne Duggan: It's been about 12 years since the bursting of the U.S. housing bubble that triggered the Great Recession. Fortunately for homeowners, the housing market recovered relatively quickly. Yet there are warning signs that new localized bubbles could be starting to burst again.
BATS:ITB February 14, 2019 2:33pm

Mortgage rates hit a 12-month low

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From Andrea Riquier: Rates for home loans fell to the lowest in a year as inflation cooled and investors braced for a slowing global economy.
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Real Estate ETF (VNQ) Hits New 52-Week High

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From Sweta Killa: For investors seeking momentum, Vanguard REIT Index ETF VNQ is probably on radar now. The fund just hit a 52-week high, and is up 17.9% from its 52-week low price of $71.08 per share.
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Mortgage rates fall on worries about global economy

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From Andrea Riquier: Rates for home loans fell in line with the bond market as a slowing global economy increasingly sent investors to the perceived safety of fixed-income assets.
BATS:ITB February 7, 2019 12:26pm

U.S. mortgage applications fall despite lower borrowing costs

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From Reuters:

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. mortgage applications fell for a third consecutive week even as some 30-year home borrowing costs declined to their lowest levels since April 2018 in line with lower bond yields, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Wednesday.

NYSE:XHB February 6, 2019 3:36pm

Pending home sales fall to the lowest in 5 years

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From Andrea Riquier: The numbers: Pending-home sales slid 2.2% in December to a reading of 99, and were 9.8% lower compared to a year ago, marking the 12th straight month of annual declines, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday.
NYSE:XHB January 30, 2019 11:14am

The reasons homeowners are re-thinking about remodeling

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From Diana Olick:
BATS:ITB January 24, 2019 5:30pm

Nontraditional mortgages surge in 2018: Is that foreshadowing an issue with housing sector?

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From Brittany De Lea:

Homebuyers are increasingly opting for nontraditional mortgages - which helped precipitate the housing crisis about one decade ago - potentially foreshadowing trouble as high prices continue to weigh on housing affordability.

NYSE:XHB January 23, 2019 3:00pm

The supply of homes is rising, but most are unaffordable

Existing-home sales slide to a 3-year low as housing market stumbles

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From Andrea Riquier: The numbers: Existing-home sales ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.99 million in December, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday. That was the lowest since November 2015. Sales were down 6.4% for the month, and 10.3% lower than the year-ago rate.
NYSE:XHB January 22, 2019 11:54am

Homebuilder sentiment turns higher in January after mortgage rates drop

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From Diana Olick:
NYSE:XHB January 16, 2019 12:25pm

Wells Fargo Reports The Worst Mortgage Number Since The Financial Crisis

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From Tyler Durden: When we reported Wells Fargo's Q3 earnings back in October, we drew readers' attention to one specific line of business, the one we have repeatedly dubbed the bank's "bread and butter", namely mortgage lending, and which as we then reported was "the biggest alarm" because "as a result of rising rates, Wells' residential mortgage applications and pipelines both tumbled, sliding just shy of the post-crisis lows recorded in late 2013."
NYSE:XHB January 15, 2019 4:01pm

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