NAHB HomeBuilders Index – Is this Good?

The South is really not doing well and overall the NAHB   Homebuilders index is also suffering from total stagnation. While we are seeing a bit of improvement in the FUTURE index, the PRESENT index is stable at best. This is not what the markets are looking for at these levels. So, maybe next month…

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U.S. Home Builders‘ Aug. Index Rises to 18: Summary (Table)

By Chris Middleton
Aug. 17 (Bloomberg) — Following is a summary of U.S. housing
activity from the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo.
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Aug.                   July           June           May       April             March             6 mo
2009                 2009             2009         2009             2009     2009               Avg.
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———————–Index——————–
Housing Market Index                           18         17         15         16         14           9         15
Single family sales: Present           16         16         14         14         12           8         13
Single family sales: Future             30         26         26         27         24         15         25
Prospective Buyers Traffic               16         13         13         13         13           9         13
——————Monthly Change—————-
Housing Market Index                             1           2         -1           2           5           0     n/a
Single family sales: Present             0           2           0           2           4           1     n/a
Single family sales: Future               4           0         -1           3           9           0     n/a
Prospective Buyers Traffic                 3           0           0           0           4         -2     n/a
——————-Yearly Change—————-
Housing Market Index                             2           1         -3         -3         -6       -11     n/a
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Aug.               July               June         May             April         March     6 mo
2009               2009         2009               2009       2009     2009         Avg.
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Single family sales: Present             0           1         -3         -3         -6       -12     n/a
Single family sales: Future               6           3         -1         -1         -6       -11     n/a
Prospective Buyers Traffic                 3           1         -3         -5         -6       -10     n/a
—- Prospective Buyers Traffic in New Homes —-
Regional HMI Northeast                       24         16         19         19         15           8         17
Regional HMI Midwest                           16         14         14         14         14           8         13
Regional HMI South                               18         19         15         18         17         12         17
Regional HMI West                                 17         14         15         12           8           5         12
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NOTE: The HMI and components are seasonally adjusted
Future refers to starts in next six months.
The survey is based on 474 builder respondents.

Disclosure: Horowitz & Company clients may hold positions of securities mentioned as of the date published.

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