MarketsMuse blog update profiles speculation surrounding SPDR S&P Homebuilders exchange-traded fund. This ETF reach an eight-year high in February but since then has fallen dramatically. Now investors are taking notice and are trying to make a quick exit. This MarketsMuse blog update is courtesy of Callie Bost and Jennifer Kaplan of Bloomberg Business and their article, “Investors In This Homebuilder ETF Are Heading for the Exits“, with an excerpt below.
Investors in homebuilding shares are heading for the door.
Speculators in the SPDR S&P Homebuilders exchange-traded fund have pulled a record amount of cash in April, abandoning the ETF known by its ticker XHB after it reached an eight-year high in February. The fund has retreated 4.8 percent since then.
Traders are doubting equity gains have room for improvement as mixed economic reports muddy the outlook for further growth in the industry. The Federal Reserve is moving closer to raising interest rates, adding to concerns just as homebuilders enter the busiest time of the year.
“Housing stocks are in an interesting position right now,” James Gaul, a portfolio manager at Boston Advisors LLC, which oversees $3 billion, said by phone. “We’re in a bit of a logjam for multiple factors. Until this logjam breaks, it’s going to be hard for national homebuilders to have sustained outperformance.”
In April, traders removed $376 million from the fund, the largest monthly outflow since the ETF started trading in 2006. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders fund tracks stocks like Toll Brothers Inc. and D.R. Horton Inc. as well as home-improvement companies including Aaron’s Inc., Tempur Sealy International Inc., and A.O. Smith Corp.
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