ETF Trends
ETF Trends

Homebuilder exchange traded funds weakened along with the broader markets Tuesday ahead of June housing starts data.

The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) was down 1% late Tuesday and iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) was 0.4% lower. Year-to-date, XHB gained 16.2% and ITB added 9.3%.

Market consensus projects 950,000 new housing starts for the month of June. The new housing starts data will be released Wednesday.

According to Bloomberg data, housing starts in May increased by 914,000 units to a monthly 6.8% rise and up 28.6% year-over-year.

Housing starts, or New Residential Construction Report, account for the number of new residential construction projects that began over a particular month. The housing starts data is considered a critical indicator for economic strength.

Homebuilders traded higher early Tuesday on reports that U.S. homeuibder confidence in July rose to its strongest level in seven and a half years, but the sector weakened latter in the day, along with the broader markets. [Homebuilder ETFs Fade After Industry Confidence Data]

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