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Is the housing sector doing better than consumers think -- or are some contrarian market boosters guilty of "cherry picking"? An economist and a CEO debated the question, on "Morning Call."
Housing is highly cyclical, and stocks in the sector often hit bottom a year before the fundamentals turn sour. A Citigroup analyst says cancellations of new home orders are down and expects the residential housing sector to turn around in the second half of 2007.
Toll Brothers today said its first-quarter profit plunged 67% compared with last year; the luxury-home builder's CEO, Robert Toll, said there are still too many soft markets. Which raises the question: Has the bottom come at last? Two analysts called it two different ways on "Power Lunch."
The U.S. housing market has certainly gone through a rough patch lately--but there is some good news on stronger home sales--as we've reported. The Commerce Department says new U.S. home sales rose 3.4% in November. Analysts were looking for a gain of 1-2%. But new home sales are still down from a year ago by 15.3%. So--are there any good stock recommendations out there?
Last week the Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, was asked if the residential real estate market had bottomed. He refused to answer the question. But as we approach the New Year, that is arguably the biggest question in real estate. The spring season is right around the corner, traditionally the busiest for buying and selling, and many believe it will tell the true story of the state of the market.
Stocks fell after trading in a narrow range all day while investors waited for Friday’s jobs report, the last key economic indicator before next week's Federal Reserve meeting.
A late look at stocks shows the Dow trading in a narrow 31-point range. Volume was light as well. Software, autos and gold were all under pressure. Homebuilders were trading up though on an increase in mortgage applications – which was boosted by the lowest mortgage rates in a year.
Baby boomers who don’t want to retire to a distant locale (some place warmer or cheaper) may be causing a long-term drag on the U.S. housing sector – and the economy. According to a survey done by Home Depot – 89% of older Americans want to stay in their present houses for as long as possible. But companies like Home Depot are seeing a business opportunity in reaching out to boomers who want to stay put.
Sales of new homes fell in October by the largest amount in three months, a fresh sign of the slowdown in the once-hot housing sector.