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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    May Housing Starts Data: Positive for Homebuilders?

    The April housing starts report was a relief for homebuilders. Their confidence has been struggling. The May report was slightly below the estimate. Consumer spending is still strong after the May retail sales report.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Are Housing Starts Data Looking Positive for Homebuilders?

    Given the significant setbacks in housing data over the last few months, homebuilders’ confidence has taken a back seat.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Building Permits and the Housing Market Can Predict Trends

    When real estate developers or REITs like AvalonBay (AVB) are confident about the economy, they build more in anticipation of future demand from consumers.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Does the Fall in US Consumer Confidence Signal Bigger Concerns?

    The US consumer confidence index recorded its biggest fall in more than three years in December.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Healthcare

    Are Indicators Signaling a Downturn in US Economic Growth?

    The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has said that global economic growth has peaked.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Has US Economic Growth Peaked?

    The US economy (SPY) (VTI) grew by an annualized rate of 3.5% in the third quarter as compared to economists’ estimates of 3.4%.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Basic Materials

    Sherwin-Williams: Analysts’ Recommendations

    For Sherwin-Williams, 64% of the analysts recommended a “buy,” 36% recommended a “hold,” and none of the analysts recommended a “sell.”

    By Peter Neil
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    Consumer

    Could New Home Sales Continue to Rise?

    The US Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development report monthly data on the number of new homes sold in the United States.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Existing Home Sales Have Been on a Continuous Slide

    The United States National Association of Realtors (or NAR) releases a monthly report on the existing home sales (ITB) market.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What American Builders Were Worried about in June

    The HMI was reported to have decreased by two points to 68 in June as compared to a May reading of 70.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Are Rising Rates Affecting Housing Markets?

    Rising interest rates increase the cost of owning a home for prospective buyers, but the housing market hasn’t yet felt the impact of rate increases.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why May Consumer Confidence Signals a Strong Second Quarter

    The consumer confidence index has increased to 128.0 in May as compared to a downward revised April reading of 125.6.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the Fall in April New Home Sales Isn’t a Reason to Worry

    As per the recent report, new single-family homes (XHB) sold in April were at a seasonally adjusted rate of 662,000 units.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Existing Home Sales Continued Their Decline in April

    The US National Association of Realtors (or NAR) releases a monthly report on the existing home sales (ITB) market.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Should Housing Investors Worry about Declining Building Permits?

    An increase in the number of building permits in any given month is a signal for increased activity in the housing sector (DHI) in the future.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why American Builders Remain Confident about the Housing Industry

    The housing market index was reported to have increased by two points to 70 in May compared to the downwardly revised April reading of 68.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Housing Industry Is Painting a Positive Outlook for the Economy

    In April, the number of building permits issued was reported at 1.35 million, a decrease of 1.8% from the downward revised March reading of 1.37 million permits.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Here Are March’s Trends in Existing Home Sales

    According to the NAR’s April 2018 report, existing home sales rose 1.1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.6 million homes in March.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    What to Make of the March Increase in Building Permits Issued

    The US Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development report monthly data on building permits issued in the United States.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    Why a Rebound in March Housing Starts Isn’t Satisfying the Sector

    The volatility in housing starts data remains elevated. Housing starts in March were reported to have risen 1.9%.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why American Builders’ Confidence Fell 1 Point in March

    The HMI (housing market index) was reported to have decreased by one point to 69 in April 2018.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    3.2 Million Americans Quit Their Jobs in February

    The “Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey” (or JOLTS) data for February was reported on April 13, and it contains information about job openings and total separations.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Drove Consumer Sentiment Index to 14-Year High?

    The University of Michigan final consumer sentiment for March was reported at 101.7, up by 1.7 as compared to the final February reading of 99.7.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Non-Manufacturing Sector Grew for 98th Consecutive Month

    In March, the service sector continued to grow but at a slower pace.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Existing Home Sales Trended in February

    The United States National Association of Realtors (or NAR) releases a monthly report on the existing home sales (ITB) market.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    What to Make of the Drop in Building Permits Issued in February

    The decrease in building permits spanned across the sectors in February.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    What’s behind the 7% Fall in February Housing Starts?

    Just as markets were celebrating the stellar 9.7% increase in housing starts in January, the February data proved to be a damper for that enthusiasm.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Confident Are American Builders?

    The March housing market index reading is at 70, a one-point decline from the revised February reading of 71.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the US Workforce’s Quit Rate Has Remained High

    January’s JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey) data, which contains information about job openings and total separations, was reported on March 16.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the Rebound in Building Permits Is Positive for the US Economy

    The Conference Board uses the number of building permits issued as one of the key constituents of its LEI (Leading Economic Index) model.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Could the Lower 4Q17 GDP Estimate be Reason to Worry?

    The US Bureau of Economic Analysis (or BEA) has released its second 4Q17 GDP estimate, projecting that the US economy increased at an annual rate of 2.5%.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Declining Existing Home Sales Are Considered a Positive Sign

    The United States National Association of Realtors (or NAR) releases a monthly report on existing home sales (ITB).

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why American Homebuilders Are Confident about Industry

    February’s HMI reading was reported at 72, unchanged from the January reading and two points below the 18-year peak reported in December.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Building Permits Plateaued in December

    The Conference Board uses the number of building permits issued as one of the constituents of its LEI (Leading Economic Index) model.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing the Fall in December’s Existing Home Sales

    According to the January report from NAR, existing home sales decreased 3.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million homes in December.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    Why Building Permits Didn’t Change in December

    For 2017, 1,263,400 housing units have been authorized by building permits—a 4.7% increase from 1,206,600 housing units in 2016.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Confident Are Homebuilders at the Beginning of 2018?

    Comments from NAHB members indicated that homebuilders are optimistic about the future demand and projected increased activity in the housing sector.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Building Permits Fall in November: Should We Worry?

    Building permits and the economy The number of building permits issued each month is a constituent of the Conference Board LEI (Leading Economic Index). The construction and housing industry (PKB) is a major job provider in the economy, and changes in activity in the sector affect employment conditions and aggregate demand. A higher number of building permits is a leading […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Existing Home Sales: Strongest Pace in 11 Years

    According to the latest report from NAR, existing home sales rose 5.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.81 million homes in November.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Housing Market: Builders’ Confidence Reaches an 18-Year High

    For November, the NAHB Housing Market Index was reported as 74—an increase of five from October and an 18-year high.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    Should Investors Be Concerned about Fewer Building Permits?

    In November 2017, housing units (XHB) authorized by building permits were at a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.298 million—a decrease of 1.4% from October.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Technological Disruptions: The Only Jobs Killers for Now

    ADP’s jobs report for November was published on December 6. It provided deeper insight into improvements in US employment.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Conference Board Consumer Confidence Rose in November

    The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index for November came in at 129.5, up from 126.2 in October.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why a Rise in October Building Permits Is a Good Sign for the US Economy

    In October 2017, the number of building permits totaled ~1.3 million permits, a sizeable increase from the September reading of ~1.2 million permits.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    Households Think It’s a Good Time to Buy a Home

    According to the latest report from NAR, existing home sales have risen 2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.48 million in October.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    Housing Market: What a Rise in Building Permits Signals

    In October 2017, building permits were at a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.297 million—an increase of 5.9% from the reading of 1.225 million in September.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Here’s What Drove Consumer Expectations Lower in November

    The University of Michigan Preliminary Consumer Sentiment for November was reported at 97.8, which was 2.9 lower than the final October reading of 100.7.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    This ISM Index Hit a Lifetime High in October

    For October, service sector activity rose at a pace not seen since the inception of the report. The non-manufacturing index reached a lifetime high of 60.1.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Which Sector Jobs Bounced Back?

    Given that markets remain focused on the next Fed chair appointment and US tax reforms, volatility (VXX) could be low after the October jobs report.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    Is the Drop in September Building Permits Cause for Concern?

    In September 2017, building permits were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.215 million—a fall from August’s 1.272 million and 4.3% below September 2016.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How FOMC Members Assessed the US Labor Market in September

    FOMC members noted that labor market conditions could take a hit due to the hurricanes in August and that this was evident in the October non-farm payrolls report.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    Home Depot’s Financial Engineering Boosts Returns Metrics

    Besides the upbeat earnings, Home Depot (HD) also significantly increased its returns metrics.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Which Job Sectors Saw the Most Impact from Hurricanes Last Month?

    As per the September ADP Employment Report, there was a major drop in the number of jobs created in the trade, transport, and utility sector.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Are Investors Not Worried about Risk Anymore?

    Throughout this series, we’ll look at potential risks facing markets, and how they could impact global financial markets in the short-to-medium term if they end up materializing.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why a Bounceback in Building Permits Is Good for the US Economy

    Building permits rise in August The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (or LEI) uses the number of building permits issued as a constituent. The construction industry is one of the key sources of employment in the United States, and the number of building permits gives some insight into future demand for the industry and its […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Solid Retail Sales Growth: What It Means for the Economy

    The retail sales report for July was released by the United States Census Bureau on August 15. According to the report, US retail sales were $478.9 billion.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    This Is Why the US Dollar Could Slide Further

    US Dollar index reaches a 14-month low The US Dollar Index (UUP) continued with its fall as investors preferred major peers. In the week ended July 21, the US Dollar Index closed at 93.78, falling 1.7% from the week prior. It is headed for its fifth consecutive month of loss this year. Conflicting news from […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Consumer

    What a Building Permit Bounce Means for the Housing Market

    The number of building permits issued in June 2017 stood at 1.25 million, an improvement from May’s 1.17 million.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Conference Board LEI: An Important Index for All Investors

    In this series, we’ll explore the latest data from the Leading Economic Index, one of three composite business cycle indicators released by The Conference Board.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the Fed Isn’t Satisfied with Labor Market Conditions

    Despite the strong growth in employment numbers, the Fed’s latest monetary policy report had some comments about slow wage growth.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Will S&P 500 React to Another Rate Hike This Year?

    The Fed’s decision had a limited impact on the S&P 500 (SPY), which closed last week at 2,433.2, a gain of 0.06% for the week.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Understanding the Trends that Affected the FOMC Decision

    Economic indicators that have been reported since the last FOMC meeting were mixed. We saw March employment data disappoint markets (MTUM).

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Healthcare Setback Push Trump to Meet Election Promises?

    Trump is unlikely to back down on other election promises that he made during his campaign.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Basic Materials

    Sherwin-Williams Chooses Poised Taupe as 2017 Color of the Year

    Sherwin-Williams (SHW), in a press release on August 29, 2016, announced Poised Taupe (SW 6039) as its 2017 color of the year.

    By Peter Neil
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why a Black Swan Event Is a Possibility

    As central banks buy up more bonds and more bonds move into negative yields, investors search among a smaller pool of substitutes and trades get crowded for higher risk alternatives. According to the Wall Street Journal, higher prices for stocks, bonds, and real estate have caused net wealth to swell to over 500% of national […]

    By VanEck
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    Earnings Report

    Why Was There Bad News in All of Deere’s Segments?

    The monthly retail figures for construction (ITB) equipment sales released by Deere & Company (DE) and Caterpillar (CAT) show a continued fall.

    By Shannon Black
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    Earnings Report

    Why Caterpillar’s Construction Equipment Sales Saw a Beat in 2Q16

    Caterpillar’s (CAT) revenue fell by 16.2%, or by $2 billion year-over-year, to $10.3 billion in 2Q16 compared to analysts’ consensus estimates of $10.1 billion.

    By Shannon Black
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    Earnings Report

    Stanley Black & Decker Shares Roar on Spectacular 2Q16 Performance

    Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), the world’s leading toolmaker, declared its 2Q16 earnings before the Market opened on July 22. SWK stock closed 4.8% higher on the day of the earnings release.

    By Shannon Black
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    Earnings Report

    Why Margins in UTX’s Otis Segment Should Be Tight on Chinese Overhang

    United Technologies’s (UTX) Otis segment, which accounts for ~20%–22% of the company’s revenues every year, is the world’s largest elevator manufacturer. This segment has the best margins of the company’s operating units.

    By Shannon Black
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How to Navigate Uneven Economic Growth

    A number of factors have contributed to the slowdown, including soft overseas growth and a sharp drop in capital spending by energy and mining companies.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Does Deere’s Construction Segment Compare to Its Peers’?

    Deere’s (DE) construction and forestry segment generated revenues of $5.9 billion, $6.6 billion, and $6 billion, respectively, in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

    By Shannon Black
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    Earnings Report

    Stanley Black & Decker’s Tools and Storage: Global Sales

    Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) derives more than half of its tools and storage sales from the United States, making it the company’s largest regional market.

    By Shannon Black
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Structural Changes in the World Economy Affect Markets

    For the last few years, the world has been in the midst of a major demographic transition, which has affected the world economy. The aging population is one of the most visible global trends

    By Rick Rieder
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    Earnings Report

    Why Lennar’s Focusing More on First-Time Buyers

    In the second quarter, Lennar’s (LEN) gross margins fell 190 basis points sequentially to 22.7%.

    By Brent Nyitray, CFA, MBA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Brief Overview of Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions

    Honeywell (HON) provides control solutions for various residential and industrial applications through the Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions–ACS unit.

    By Shannon Black
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Millennials Are Driving Broader Economic Shifts

    But though millennials may have been born into unlucky economic circumstances, they seem to also be transforming their luck.

    By Ann Hynek
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Millennials Drowning in Debt: What Are the Broader Effects?

    If millennials aren’t buying homes or cars and aren’t able to save for retirement, this trend will hurt the economy.

    By Ann Hynek
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    Consumer

    What Led to Home Depot’s Record Results in Fiscal 2016?

    Home Depot (HD) reported record results in fiscal 2016. Sales reached a new high of $88.5 billion in fiscal 2016, up 6.4% year-over-year (or YoY).

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Lowe’s $2.3 Billion Rona Acquisition: A Fair Price for Growth?

    Lowe’s (LOW), announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Canada’s largest home improvement retailer, Rona (RON.TO).

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    How Home Depot Drives Membership Loyalty With Pro Customers

    The Home Depot’s (HD) focus on the pro customer allows the retailer to compete in the installations market and the product demand the services create.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    How Home Depot Is Leveraging the Pro Customer Opportunity

    Driving growth from sales to pro customers is a key growth opportunity for the world’s largest home improvement retailer.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Properties for Sale: What Are They Like?

    The National Association of Realtors’ data showed that, on average, properties stayed on the market for 58 days before they were sold to buyers.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Median Existing Home Prices Are Rising Higher and Higher

    With a rise of 7.6% YoY (year-over-year) to $224,000, December 2015 was the 46th consecutive month of YoY increases in median home prices.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Existing Home Sales: Northeast and Midwest Led the Charge

    All four major regions of the country witnessed substantial increases in home sales in December 2015. The charge was led by the Northeast and Midwest.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Does Lowe’s Stock Performance Compare to Rivals?

    Lowe’s stock price performance has underperformed the overall consumer discretionary sector.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Lowe’s Bought Orchard Supply and Is Eyeing Smaller Stores

    Lowe’s is also experimenting with the idea of rolling out other smaller format stores like City Center stores in other under-penetrated and high-density urban areas in the US.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Basic Materials

    Analyzing Lowe’s Merchandise and Services Assortment

    Lowe’s sources its merchandise from over 7,000 suppliers with no supplier accounting for more than 6% of sales.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Lowe’s Is Trying Hard to Woo Professional Customers

    A professional customer is one who’s looking for products to complete projects for other customers.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Home Depot and Lowe’s Are Leaders in Home Improvement Retail

    Lowe’s (LOW) operates in the home improvement retail industry. The company competes with a number of retail and wholesale players.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The US Dollar Index Was Flat after a Mixed Data Release

    The US dollar index was trading on a flattish note on January 20, with a slight rise of 0.10% for the day. In the end, the index closed the day at 99.09.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Wages Dipped Slightly in December: Here’s Why

    Average hourly earnings fell by 1 cent on a month-over-month basis in December 2015 and were up 2.5% year-over-year to $25.24. Average weekly hours were flat at 34.5.

    By Brent Nyitray, CFA, MBA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Labor Market Ended 2015 with Strong Payroll Growth in December

    In December 2015, non-farm payrolls increased by 292,000, easily topping Wall Street’s estimate of 200,000.

    By Brent Nyitray, CFA, MBA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Housing Stocks Rallied Then Came to a Halt in December

    Housing has been a bright spot in the US economy. But over the past month, housing stocks haven’t been performing well. ITB, a housing-focused fund, has fallen 4.7%.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Dollar Index Fell, GDP Revised Down

    The US Dollar Index measures the strength of the US dollar against the other major currencies. It fell by 0.13% on December 22, 2015.

    By David Meyer
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    Earnings Report

    How Does Lennar Compare to Its Peers?

    Lennar showed mixed results compared to its peers based on the PE and PBV ratios. The ETFs outperformed Lennar based on the PE and PBV ratios.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Miscellaneous

    Unemployment at 7-Year Lows, Jobs Market Warranted a Rate Hike

    Achieving maximum employment is one of the dual mandates assigned to the Fed by Congress. The Fed definitely sees labor market signals as warranting a rate hike.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    December’s Housing Market Saw a Drop in Buyer Traffic

    According to the National Association of Home Builders (or NAHB), the housing market index fell by a single point to reach a level of 61.0 in December.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Earnings Report

    How Does Toll Brothers Compare to Its Peers?

    The price-to-sales ratios of Toll Brothers, D.R. Horton, NVR, PulteGroup, and M.D.C. Holdings are 1.5x, 1.1x, 1.3x, 1.1x, and 0.68x, respectively.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Dollar Index Is Holding Steady

    The US Dollar index was trading in a narrow range on November 18, 2015. The slight movements down were mainly due to housing data coming out on a mixed note and the FOMC minutes.

    By David Meyer
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    Earnings Report

    Why Home Depot’s Sales Expectations Rose in 3Q16

    Wall Street analysts’ consensus sales expectations for 3Q16 exceeded the high end of the company’s projected guidance range for fiscal 2016.

    By Phalguni Soni
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