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U.S. new home sales experienced their best month in over eight years, buttressing homebuilders sector-related exchange traded funds. On Tuesday, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) rose 2.9% and iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) gained 3.8%. XHB broke above its short-term resistance at the 50-day simple moving average and is testing its […]

Home construction-related exchange traded funds surged Tuesday on speculation of an improving housing market after a widely observed indicator of single-family home prices rose at its fastest pace in 16 months. On Tuesday, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) gained 1.9% and the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) increased 2.6%. Homebuilders were […]

Investors may be stuck on the negatives as markets trip at the start of the new year. However, there may be some opportunities in consumer-related sectors and exchange traded funds. “Consumer spending and homebuilding look poised for solid growth in 2016,” First Trust Portfolios economists, led by Chief Economist Brian S. Wesbury, said in a […]

The housing market and sector-related exchange traded funds have steadily strengthened on moderate home sales and could continue to improve as a gradual rate hike schedule prompts more new home applicants. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) gained 0.7% and the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) increased 5.3%. While the funds […]

Investors interested in positioning their portfolios ahead of changes to major market trends may target specific market segments with sector-specific exchange traded funds. For instance, on the recent webcast, How Well Do Your Know Your Sectors?, David Mazza, V.P. and Head of Research at State Street Global Advisor, pointed out that the utilities sector was […]

Value stocks and related exchange traded funds have rebounded over the past month but the rally may not last. Over the past month, value stocks have outpaced the growth category. For instance, the iShares S&P 500 Value ETF (NYSEArca: IVE), Vanguard S&P 500 Value ETF (NYSEArca: VOOV) and SPDR S&P 500 Value ETF (NYSEArca: SPYV) […]

The rising home furnishing sales suggest that the housing market and homebuilders sector-related exchange traded funds are building up. Warren Buffett, chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., sees that a rebound in the residential real estate market could sustain growth in the U.S. economy, Bloomberg reports. “Housing is picking up, our furniture stores are […]

This article was written by Nick Kalivas, a Senior Equity Product Strategist for Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC, a registered investment advisor that sponsors the PowerShares family of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). In a world where exporters and energy producers have struggled, investors may wish to consider the construction sector for ancillary investment opportunities. Real estate is […]

Homebuilder confidence is at a near-decade high, revealing a strengthening outlook for the housing market and sector-related exchange traded fund. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) gained 12.0%, iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) rose 11.1% and PowerShares Dynamic Building & Construction Portfolio (NYSEArca: PKB) increased 15.9%. [Overlooked Homebuilders ETF on the […]

Homebuilders exchange traded funds jumped Wednesday as the housing market recovery picks up the pace with U.S. sales at an eight-year high. On Wednesday, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) was up 1.9%% and iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) was 2.1% higher. Year-to-date, XHB rose 7.1% and ITB gained 6.1%. The housing […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds closed out the second quarter on a positive note. However, U.S. stocks still experienced their worst first half to a year since 2010 as interest rate hike speculation, slowing economic growth and the continued Greek volatility weighed on investments. The Nasdaq Composite gained 4.7% and the S&P 500 […]

With new home sales at a seven-year high and existing home sales at a five-and-a-half year high, the homebuilder sector-related exchange traded fund could be on the verge of breaking out. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) rose 9.1% and iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) gained 6.9%. Technical analyst Todd Gordon, […]

Mortgage rates jumped above 4% for the first time this year, potentially dampening the rebound in the homebuilder sector and related exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) rose 6.8% and iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) gained 3.6%. The average rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage debt security rose […]

As the housing construction industry builds up, lumber sector exchange traded funds are experiencing a decent growth spurt. Investors interested in the lumber market can gain exposure through ETFs that track global timber-related companies, such as the Guggenheim Timber ETF (NYSEArca: CUT) and iShares Global Timber & Forestry ETF (NYSEArca: WOOD). Both funds include exposure […]

Homebuilder-related exchange traded funds recently retreated and may experience further weakness ahead as we hit a seasonally poor period for the industry. According to Goldman Sachs’ options team, homebuilders typically fall behind in the summer months, with the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) trading “consistently lower” and falling seven of the past nine years […]

Traders have been exiting a homebuilder exchange traded fund in droves as the housing sector weakens. However, investors may just be dumping the homebuilder ETF along with other consumer sector bets. Investors pulled a record amount of cash from SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) after the ETF hit an eight-year high in February, Bloomberg […]

Many anticipate an interest rate hike would impede a growing housing market. However, homebuilder exchange traded fund investors should look to other, more pressing factors ahead. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) rose 4.8% and the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) increased 6.3%. The homebuilders sector, though, has weakened over the […]

The housing market and homebuilder exchange traded funds have a little spring in their step as builders ramp up construction to meet the growing demand. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) was up 0.5% Tuesday while the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) was 0.9% higher. Year-to-date, XHB rose 7.2% and ITB gained […]

Home construction-related exchange traded funds are outperforming the markets as upbeat housing data and an optimistic spring outlook help buttress homebuilders. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) was up 0.6% Tuesday and iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) gained 0.3% while the S&P 500 index fell 0.4%. Year-to-date, ITB increased 9.3% and XHB […]

Homebuilder exchange traded funds are capitalizing on the strengthening housing market, low-rate environment for new owners and greater consumer demand for home improvement. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) rose 6.2% and the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) gained 6.7%. The low-yield environment has made it easier and cheaper for Americans […]

Homebuilders and sector-related exchange traded funds may be shedding off the winter freeze with the official start of the spring season as home construction companies offer an optimistic outlook. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) rose 5.1% and the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) gained 5.4%. “This is the start of […]

Homebuilder exchange traded funds may enjoy a more long-term growth spurt as loan data reveal first-time homeowners have not been jumping into the market yet. Over the past year, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) rose 13.2% and the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) gained 10.8%. In 2014, only 25% of new […]

While homebuilder exchange traded funds have been rallying on a wave of new home buyers, the housing market and construction sector could begin to cool with mortgage rates spiking back up. Over the past three months, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) increased 14.0% and the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) advanced […]

Mortgage rates are on the decline as safe-haven and overseas demand push down U.S. bond yields, potentially enticing new homeowners and reinforcing home construction-related exchange traded funds. Homebuilder exchange traded funds were among the best performing areas Wednesday as the equities market rebounded, with the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) up 2.9% and the […]

Since the October correction, growth stocks have been leading the charge, with homebuilder sector exchange traded funds among the best performers. Over the past month, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) gained 12.9% while the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) increased 15.9%. In comparison, the S&P 500 index added 7.2% over the […]

The Federal National Mortgage Association (OTCBB: FNMA) and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (OTCBB: FMCC) are in talks over issuing home loans with as little as 3% down, potentially enticing would-be buyers and bolstering housing sector-related exchange traded funds. Over the past week, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) gained 7.0% and iShares U.S. […]

With 30-year fixed mortgage rates falling below 4% for the first time since June 2013, the housing sector, along with homebuilder exchange traded funds, may find support from home buyers looking to lock in cheaper loans. Market observers feared that rising rates would hinder new home purchases and weigh on homebuilder ETFs like the SPDR […]

After getting their hand slapped in the wake of the financial crisis, banks will be less likely to issue out loans, potentially slowing the recovery in the housing sector and homebuilder exchange traded funds, even as the government pushes to increase mortgage and financing for low-income Americans. Late August, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which […]

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan remains pessimistic over the slow economy and the construction sector, potentially signalling the continued pressure on homebuilder stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) has declined 5.4% so far this year while iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) has dipped 4.0%. Home […]