SPDR S&P Homebuilders (ETF)

  • Earn a “Royalty” on Exploding Home Sales

    By Jordan Wathen - May 17, 2013 | Tickers: FNF, FAF, XHB

    The annual Value Investing Congress is never short of interesting ideas. This year, Zeke Ashton from Centaur Capital Partners proposed his own play on an improving housing market.

    Why housing?

    American housing is hotter than ever. Prices have risen at the fastest pace since 2006, while record low interest rates compel investors to acquire cash flow positive properties. Meanwhile, homeowners are refinancing their homes while others take advantage of newly-acquired more »

  • How to Play the Real Estate Resurgence

    By Sterling Raskie - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, GGP, SFI, SPG, XHB, TOL

    Real estate seems to be on the mend. The best way to play this is with four promising stocks that cover different aspect of the property market. Three of them are real estate investment trusts. Two are in mortgages, one in homebuilding and the fourth in regional shopping malls.

    The first company, iStar Financial (NYSE: SFI) took a beating in 2008, with its non-agency mortgages (read: federally supported organizations like more »

  • How to Play the Real Estate Resurgence

    By Sterling Raskie - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, GGP, SFI, SPG, XHB, TOL

    Real estate seems to be on the mend. The best way to play this is with four promising stocks that cover different aspect of the property market. Three of them are real estate investment trusts. Two are in mortgages, one in homebuilding and the fourth in regional shopping malls.

    The first company, iStar Financial (NYSE: SFI) took a beating in 2008, with its non-agency mortgages (read: federally supported organizations like more »

  • 3 Reasons Why Housing Prices Will Keep Rising

    By Gaurav Seetharam - April 3, 2013 | Tickers: IYR, XHB

    When the Federal Reserve releases the FOMC minutes, or Chairman Ben Bernanke give a press conference, Wall Street investors pay close attention. The events are always much-anticipated, but hardly ever surprising, since it makes no sense to alter current monetary policy until we have seen a full recovery.

    Instead of engaging in that nonsensical game of ‘what-ifs’, let’s take a look at Federal Reserve Governor Elizabeth A. Duke’s more »

  • Two ETFs to Play the Housing Recovery

    By Daniel James - January 8, 2013 | Tickers: SPG, RWR, XHB

    The first half of the last decade saw an explosive rise in US real estate prices, driven largely by a speculative bubble. These bubbles tend to pop, and pop they did, leading to the subprime mortgage crisis in 2008 and the subsequent crash of the US housing market. Reverberations of this crash were felt around the world, and equity markets also underwent a significant correction. Today, the macro-economic data coming more »

  • Has the Housing Recovery Arrived?

    By Callum Turcan - October 21, 2012 | Tickers: DHI, XHB, TOL, WM

    Good News

    On October 17, the US Department of Commerce reported that US housing starts had rallied to a 4 year high, higher than in July 2008, to reach an 872,000 annual rate. This was way higher than what was expected by economists, who had predicted that it would be around 770,000, with the more bullish economists calling for 800,000. This was bolstered by strong building permits more »

  • Five Ways to Profit from the Real Estate Recovery

    By Andrés Cardenal - October 19, 2012 | Tickers: BAC, CAT, C, ITB, XHB

    US housing has been improving for nearly a year now, so the trend is already quite clear at this stage. Even better, recent figures signal that the recovery is actually getting stronger lately. The real estate cycle is long term by nature, and the sector is recovering from really depressed levels, so there is still plenty of upside potential in the current cycle. Below are five ways to benefit from more »

  • With Housing on the Mend, Should You Bet on this Buffett Stock?

    By Adem Tahiri - September 27, 2012 | Tickers: HD, LEN, XHB, TOL, USG

    Is the housing market on the mend? It sure looks that way with this week's housing numbers showing that home prices rose in July (if only 1.6%), marking six straight months of improvement, according to Reuters.

    More impressive is the recent data has shown that new home sales in August gained ground in addition to resales. This is worth noting because the new sales (along with the price more »

  • Three ETFs Showing Strong Past Profitability in Construction and Consumer Discretionary

    By Jeff Stouffer - September 8, 2012 | Tickers: ITB, LEN, PHM, XHB

    It seems contrary to the general feeling that investment sectors reliant on consumer spending have produced some very attractive returns. The rebound in construction and consumer discretionary since 2008 is nothing short of spectacular when looking at strategies that are focused in this segment. Three ETFs that have enjoyed such positive posted results are introduced. 

    The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEMKT: XHB) is based on following the S&P more »

  • High Profits from Home Builders at Low Prices

    By Jonathan Yates - August 10, 2012 | Tickers: BZH, KBH, PHM, XHB, TOL

    While the housing market in the United States continues to recover, there are still many homebuilder stocks selling at very attractive valuations.  The full fury of The Great Recession was unleashed upon the real estate sector of the United States.  Those homebuilder stocks that have survived this onslaught offer the potential for high profits as many of the share prices are at very low levels.

    In December 2006, financial columnist more »

  • Homebuilders are Strong but Housing is Weak

    By Jonathan Yates - July 26, 2012 | Tickers: DHI, KBH, LEN, PHM, XHB

    The recent rise in the share prices of homebuilder stocks should not lead investors away from the fundamental weaknesses of the housing market in the United States.  While the housing market and homebuilder stocks are two different and distinct entities, there is an underlying relationship that results in weakness for both sectors as existing inventory has an impact on both.  Without strong economic growth in the United States, there will more »

  • 5 Ways to Benefit from the Real Estate Recovery

    By Andrés Cardenal - July 21, 2012 | Tickers: CAT, ITB, LEN, XHB, TOL

    It's official, the real estate sector is on the recovery path. It has taken too long, and the recovery may not be as strong as we would like, but the signs are too evident to be ignored. The worst is over for the real estate sector, and there is a lot of upside room in the following years. Even in a slow and unexciting recovery, long term investors may more »

  • Should Mobile Mini be the Prince Charming of Your Portfolio?

    By Ken Johnson - June 11, 2012 | Tickers: UHAL, MINI, XHB, XRT

    Mobile Mini sold off after its last earnings report, but there is value on its books for patient investors. 

  • How to Benefit From the Housing Recovery

    By Andrés Cardenal - May 24, 2012 | Tickers: ITB, LEN, XHB, TOL

    There are different ways to evaluate the state of the housing sector; you can look at prices, but you can also analyze sales and activity in the business. The two variables are of course interrelated: prices are usually stronger when sales are on the rise, but you don´t need to see a recovery in both prices and sales to benefit via the stock market from improving conditions in the more »

  • Housing Bottom? Try an ETF for that Rash

    By Kyle Metivier - April 27, 2012 | Tickers: ITB, PHM, XHB

    It’s here, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, especially realtors, I’m sure. The experts have declared a “housing bottom”, and yours truly had it placed on notice for quite some time (“Market Moves Higher. For Some Reason”). I promise I am not beating my chest in celebration with such a declaration; I had an extra cup of humility for breakfast this morning. Actually, I think it more »

  • 5 Ways to Benefit from a Real Estate Rebound

    By Andrés Cardenal - January 19, 2012 | Tickers: CAT, LEN, XHB, TPX, VNQ

    Many indicators are pointing to a possible bottom and even the beginning of a rebound in the housing market. It´s too soon yet to make any definitive assessment on this subject, but there are some encouraging signs that point to better times ahead for the real estate sector. Nobody is expecting a strong and fast recovery, but maybe the worst is over, so it could be the appropriate time more »

  • Homebuilders: Consumer Discretionary Champions

    By Eric Lumsden - January 16, 2012 | Tickers: LEN, XHB

    The chart below details a performance between SPDR S&P Home Builders ETF (NYSEMKT: XHB), SPDR Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR, SPDR S&P Retail ETF, the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund, and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF.

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    In the past 90 days, homebuilders have outperformed the S&P by 18% and outperformed all of its SPDR ETF counterparts in the consumer discretionary space.  That’s a level more »

  • 2012 Could be a Huge Year for ... Lumber?

    By Michael Gayed - January 10, 2012 | Tickers: CUT, SPY, XHB, WY

    Glad to be here on Motley Fool. For those unfamiliar with me or my work, my name is Michael Gayed, Chief Investment Strategist of Pension Partners.  I write for great sites such as Minyanville, MarketWatch, SeekingAlpha, ETFTrends, and now Motley Fool. Last year, Marc Faber of the Gloom Boom and Doom Report published several pieces of mine in which I argued for a deflation pulse to occur in 2011. I more »