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Trimming the Fed's balance sheet raises questions about what FOMC members know about the economy.
On Wednesday, March 8, investors await quarterly results from retailer Express.
There is no pent-up consumer demand, and bond yields are headed south.
Consumer confidence is up, but savings is down, which will curb first-time buyers' housing demand.
Traders, investors see demand as a function of confidence rather than capacity.
On Thursday, December 8, investors await a key policy decision from the European Central Bank.
The markets will be watching important developments in Europe this week along with earnings reports from major U.S. companies.
Not right away, at least, and that won't help the housing market.
Economic data is signaling that secular deceleration in growth is still well in force.
This morning Lennar announced the acquisition of WCI Communities at 1.3x book value. Here is a chart showing the valuations of the publicly traded homebuilders (Note: Beazer Homes and Hovanian have loads of debt): Ticker Price/Book Mkt Cap HOV -12...
A prevalent strategy appears to be 'shoot first and ask questions later.'
Shares of Hovnanian Enterprises were down Friday, after reporting lackluster earnings for its most recent quarter.
U.S. stocks sold off as the chances of a September rate hike nearly doubled amid hawkish Fed commentary.
Here's how the Fed could support fiscal reform but not expand its balance sheet.
These furniture and appliance names could rise, but some may already be pricey.
A potential decline in mortgage rates should provide the push needed to boost the number of new buyers in the housing market.
Could investors find shelter in these 2 stocks?
The picture is changing for the housing market.
This homebuilder is a high-risk, but potentially high-reward play.
Hitting a home run with investing requires patience and common sense.
Don't be surprised to see two energy names among them.
Here are five runners-up to my 15 Surprises for 2016: Surprise No. 16: Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) acquires Macy's (M). Surprise No. 17: Hovnanian Enterprises (HOV) files bankruptcy. Surprise No. 18: Subscriber growth resumes at Twitter (TWTR)...
Banks, housing, biotechs, gold and other topics will carry over into 2016.
Real estate maven Mark Hanson issues some cautious comments: "An upside surprise in housing data over the next week? With a backdrop of sub-4% mortgage rates and many builder stocks not performing as well as they were expected to, better-than-expect...