For those exchange traded fund (ETF) investors invested in real estate, the forecast for the sector, according to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), is bleak. Earlier this week, the CME extended the futures market on the S&P Case-Shiller Home Prices Indexes from one to five years, says Matt Hougan for Index Universe. The table below shows what investors think the real estate market will look like over the next four years, and it isn’t pretty. It shows the estimated percentage change in real estate prices in 10 cities based on the most recent futures sale on the CME.
Not to beat a dead horse, but these projections correlate to the rut in which SPDR S&P Homebuilders (XHB) seems stuck. Currently, it’s down 37.5% year-to-date. In addition, housing stocks posted dramatic losses today, reports the Associated Press. Some of the larger losses that also happen to be holdings in XHB included: D.R. Horton (DHI) fell 2.1%, Toll Brothers fell 2.4% (TOL) and Centex (CTX) dropped 4.1%.
CUMULATIVE % CHANGE IN HOME PRICES, NOVEMBER-NOVEMBER