Housing Divergence: Full Recoveries, Uneven Earnings, Lagging Consumers – Housing Market Review (July, 2020)

Housing Market Intro and Summary The housing downturn ended almost as quickly as it began. V-shaped recoveries are evident across a spectrum of data, especially in home builder sentiment and new home sales. Home builders continue to describe extremely strong demand that, in many cases, goes beyond the release of buying power pent-up by the … Read more

Housing Sentiment Completes V-Shaped Recovery, Stocks Following

The Housing Market Index (HMI) soared to 72 in July. The 14-point move completed a V-shaped recovery in the sentiment of home builders. Unlike the reaction to the surprisingly strong June HMI, the reaction to July’s surprise was definitely positive. The Message in Home Builder Sentiment The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) explained the … Read more

Taylor Morrison: Stock Breaks Out On Strong COVID-19 Recovery

Taylor Morrison Home Corporation (TMHC) Taylor Morrison Home Corporation (TMHC) is once again doing its best to prove wrong my skepticism over its acquisition of William Lyons Homes. On July 8th, the company recorded strong sales performance as the housing market continues its swift recovery from the temporary economic shutdown forced by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) … Read more

Divergent Fortunes and Trends – Housing Market Review (June, 2020)

Housing Market Intro and Summary I asked in my last Housing Market Review whether the housing downturn could already be coming to a swift end. The stocks of home builders delivered that message and more and more earnings reports from home builders are apparently delivering messages of a sharp recovery. A widening divergence between existing … Read more

TRI Pointe Group Provides Early Evidence of V-Shaped Housing Recovery

I still can hardly believe my eyes, but it seems that a V-shaped recovery is truly underway in the housing market. In my last Housing Market Review, I wrote about housing-related stocks printing V-shaped recoveries ahead of data suggesting that such a recovery was underway. Last week’s sales activity report from home builder TRI Pointe … Read more

Housing Downturn: V-Like Recoveries In Stocks Tug On Sluggish Data – Housing Market Review (May, 2020)

Housing Market Intro and Summary Could the housing downturn already be coming to a swift end? The stocks of home builders are delivering this message. They have enjoyed a very healthy rally and recovery from the depths of the March stock market crash. The challenges ahead are large: worsening economic conditions, unemployment at historically high … Read more

Meritage Homes: Stock Leads Home Builders In V-Shaped Recovery

A Startling V-Shaped Recovery Meritage Homes (MTH) has become a poster child for the near V-shaped recovery for housing-related stocks. MTH achieved a startling feat on the heels of a 3.5% gain: at its highs of the day, Meritage Homes reached its post-earnings stock price on January 30th which in turn was close to a … Read more

Housing Downturn: Optimism Races Ahead of the Data – Housing Market Review (April, 2020)

The iShares Dow Jones US Home Construction Index (ITB) gained 4.2% and closed at a 2-month high.

Housing Market Intro and Summary Something surprising is happening in the middle of the current downturn in the housing market: buyers keep coming and home builders are staying resilient and resolute. A series of earnings reports from publicly traded home builders do not reflect the historic plunge in builder sentiment from April (see below). The … Read more

LGI Homes: Strong Guidance Builds Hope Against the Housing Downturn

“Despite the challenging environment we encountered at the end of the first quarter, our business was stronger in April than we had originally expected and we are seeing positive momentum in recent sales trends that leads us to believe the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic may be less severe than we had originally expected. We … Read more

Near Overbought Trading Conditions Raise the Stakes On Stock Breakouts – Above the 40 (April 28, 2020)

AT40 (T2108) has effectively soared in a near parabolic move back to the overbought threshold.

Stock Market Statistics AT40 = 69.6% of stocks are trading above their respective 40-day moving averages (DMAs) 3+ month highAT200 = 14.8% of stocks are trading above their respective 200DMAsVIX = 33.6Short-term Trading Call: neutral Stock Market Commentary The stakes are ever higher. Right alongside confirmations of major breakouts from the major stock indices, AT40 … Read more