U.S. lumber futures rose to their highest level in 29 months last week, ahead of the spring building season. (Remember to take advantage of a federal housing credit of up to $8,000 contracts must be signed by April 30 and the deal closed by June 30.)
Also, Morgan Stanley upgraded Home Depot stock to "overweight" from "equal-weight," saying it's finally optimistic about the world's largest home improvement chain's prospects as housing markets begin to recover.
Considering these developments, what’s the housing trade?
40% of US GDP is related to housing, so when I see lumber futures move, it says to me the economy is going to get better, explains Brian Kelly of Kanundrum. And lately lumber futures have been surging. I think the way to play it is with a long position in Plum Creek Timber .
However, it's important to remember that housing is an early cyclical group, counters Gary Kaminky. People tend to get into these stocks 6 months to a year before any kind of recovery. Don't make a mistake and think that the strength is a signal that these businesses are currently thriving and growing. They're not.
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