Home builder sentiment rose six points in March to 71, the highest reading since June 2005, while single-family housing starts rose to an annual pace of 872,000 units in February. Home builders D. R. Horton, KB Home, Lennar, PulteGroup and Toll Brothers have all rallied since the November election. On Wednesday, right before the Fed raised rates, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced that their Housing Market Index (HMI) surged six points to 71 in March. The index measuring builder confidence for the U.S. single-family home market for the next six months, hit its highest reading since June 2005.
US Housing Starts
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Optimism is based on the expectations that regulatory reforms that have held back new home starts will soon be eased by Republicans. However, the NAHB warns that the index may slip in the months ahead on “rising materials costs, higher mortgage rates and shortages of lots and labor”. In fact, the same administration that is helping boost expectations, may be the force that dampens reality. President Trump’s order for immigration agencies to target undocumented immigrants is a cause for concern. For example, in California, the nation’s largest real estate market, more than 20 percent of all construction workers are undocumented. A crackdown on these workers, could drastically damage the California market, and beyond.
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Indeed the bears may be even more encouraged by this fact: The HMI peaked at 72 in June 2005 and homebuilder stocks peaked a month after.
The Federal Reserve raised its Fed Funds rate to a range between 0.75 and 1 percent last Wednesday, and Chair Yellen indicated she still expects to raise rates at least twice more this year. So as rising rates intersect with possibly higher labor costs, will homebuilders continue to rise? Or will the bears CLAW back?
- Direxion Daily Homebuilders & Supplies Bull 3x Shares
- Direxion Daily Homebuilders & Supplies Bear 3x Shares
- Dow Jones U.S. Select Home Construction Index (DJSHMBT) – Measures U.S companies in the home construction sector that provide a wide range of products and services related to homebuilding, including home construction and producers, sellers and suppliers of building materials, furnishings and fixtures and also home improvement retailers. As of December 31, 2016, the Index was comprised of 40 stocks and the companies included in the Index have a median market capitalization of $2.20 billion and an average market capitalization of $9.11 billion. One cannot directly invest in an Index.
Performance (as of 12/31/2016)
|Ticker||Fund||1-Mo %||3-Mo%||YTD %||1-Yr %||S/I %||Inception||Expense Ratio (Gross/Net) %|
|Daily Homebuilders & Supplies Bull 3x Shares||NAV||0.80||-3.36||-10.00||-10.00||-28.44||8/19/2015||2.50 / 1.19|
|CLAW||Daily Homebuilders & Supplies Bear 3x Shares||NAV||-3.76||-4.93||-29.52||-29.52||-16.49||8/19/2015||1.94 / 1.10|
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