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Shares of Lennar Corp. fell 1.5% in afternoon trading, enough to pace the handful of decliners among its homebuilding peers, after the company reported second-quarter profit, revenue, deliveries and new orders that beat expectations, according to FactSet, but provided "somewhat" disappointing guidance. J.P. Morgan analyst Michael Rehaut reiterated the neutral rating he's had on the stock since March 18, and kept his price target at $64. He said he believes Lennar's guidance for third-quarter orders to decline 3% to 4% from a year ago, and fourth-quarter orders to fall 6% to 8%, "falls somewhat short of investor expectations for order growth to have recently turned modestly positive." Rehaut said, however, that despite the stock's reaction, he said the outlook is "relatively encouraging," as it comes after "challenging" comparisons of 9% growth in last year's third quarter and 26% growth in last year's fourth quarter. The stock was the biggest decliner, of the 6 of 44 equity components of the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF that were declining. The ETF was up 1.8% in afternoon trading. Over the past three months, Lennar's stock has run up 70.4%, the home construction ETF has hiked up 65.1% and the S&P 500 has advanced 31.4%.
Exchange-traded funds with exposure to homebuilders and housing market companies roared higher Tuesday after a surprise gain in sales of newly-constructed homes confirmed sturdy demand even in the face of the coronavirus-induced shutdown. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF was 4% higher at midday, while the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF jumped 3.6%. The portfolios of both funds are heavy with consumer discretionary stocks like Home Depot Inc. \- it's XHB's biggest holding - in addition to builders like Lennar Corp. . The Hoya Capital Housing ETF , a fund designed to more broadly reflect the residential real estate industry with exposure to REITs like American Homes 4 Rent and brokerages like Redfin Corp. , was 3.9% higher.
Exchange-traded funds that track the housing sector surged higher Wednesday as investors were heartened by news of a possible coronavirus treatment suggesting the residential real estate market might not be hit as badly as expected and in spite of a report on Wednesday that showed home-contract signings slumped in March. The iShares U.S. Home Construction fund was 5.2% higher late morning, while the SPDR S&P Homebuilders fund rose 4.9%. Both funds have as their biggest holdings shares of homebuilders like D.R. Horton, Inc. and Lennar Corporation , and housing-related consumer discretionary companies like Lowe's Companies, Inc. and Home Depot, Inc. , all of which were up sharply Wednesday. Both funds are still trailing the broader stock market in the year to date, however: ITB has lost 15% and XHB is down 18%, referring to the funds' ticker symbols, compared with the 9.2% loss for the S&P 500 .
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The U.S. homebuilding industry continued its strong momentum heading into the New Year given that groundbreakings on new U.S. homes surged to a 13-year high in December.
Homebuilder sector exchange traded funds are building on the improving housing market recovery as U.S. home construction jumped to a 13-year high in December. Over the past year, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ...
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Among the newer generation of internet marketplace stocks, Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY) is one of the more mature names. The company went public almost five years ago and was in business for a decade prior to that.Source: quietbits / Shutterstock.com Despite its tenure, Etsy has fallen behind marketplace rivals such as Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) and share price performance reflects as much. Amid expectations of slowing growth, Etsy stock stumbled to a 7% loss in 2019 while the S&P 500 and other broader benchmarks surged. Shopify more than tripled.Etsy's 2019 performance is disappointing when considering the strength of the U.S. consumer and economy. The company matches buyers and sellers in areas like clothing, jewelry and vintage items. And it collects a fee on those transactions.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe stock even tumbled following a solid third-quarter earnings report, in which the company revealed sales growth of 30% and raised gross merchandise sales (GMS) and revenue guidance. Typically, upbeat guidance should be rewarded by investors. But that wasn't the case for Etsy stock. The negative reaction puts pressure on the fourth-quarter earnings update and 2020 guidance to be spectacular."During the third quarter we launched several transformative initiatives to serve as the building blocks for long-term, sustainable growth," Etsy CEO Josh Silverman said in a statement. "… We are just beginning to see the impact of these initiatives, which we believe further our competitive advantages and will have a more meaningful contribution to our results in 2020 and beyond." Headwinds and OpportunityPerhaps the two biggest hurdles Etsy faces in 2020 are convincing investors last year's GMS and sales growth is somewhat sustainable and prompting market participants to pay up for that growth. That's another way of saying that almost 46 times this year's earnings and 7 times sales, Etsy isn't inexpensive. * 9 Boring Stocks to Buy You Should Never Let Go Of The good news for Etsy is that many of its customers are constantly shopping. Plus, the housing market is strong. The iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (BATS:ITB) jumped almost 49% last year. And millennials -- a core Etsy demographic -- are entering the home-buying arena in force. The online marketplace operator stands to benefit.While Etsy stock has its critics on Wall Street, it has supporters, too, including RBC Capital analyst Mark Maheny.Maheny likes the 2020 outlook "for the stock given a large, loyal, and growing community of buyers and sellers and multiple growth initiatives, including free shipping, advertising, and product improvements," reports Barron's.The average analyst price target on Etsy is just over $65, but the stock closed barely under $45 on Friday. So something has to give. Either analysts lower their price forecast or the stock starts marching closer to the current consensus target. Bottom Line: Etsy Stock Is UnderappreciatedEtsy isn't as big as some of the aforementioned names and doesn't have the sizzle markets have ascribed to Shopify. But the Brooklyn-based company does have some important factors in its favor. Notably, this isn't some ultra-expensive, nowhere-close-to-profitable internet unicorn.Etsy was actually cash flow positive in the third quarter and ended that period with $856.7 million in cash or cash equivalents. Plus, the company is buying back its own stock, something that mature, financially sound companies do.After repurchasing $2.8 million of its own shares, Etsy may want to consider buying more of its stock before it rallies too much. Another repurchase would serve as an avenue for boosting earnings. Investors may want to follow suit.As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dividend Stocks to Buy to Kick Off the New Year * 7 Buyout Targets to Watch For 2020 * 9 Boring Stocks to Buy You Should Never Let Go Of The post Despite Narrow Marketplace Focus, Etsy Stock Has Crafty Potential appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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