If you're thinking about investing in housing stocks, you've got to distinguish between a...

|By:, SA News Editor

If you're thinking about investing in housing stocks, you've got to distinguish between a valuation trade and a fundamental one, veteran housing analyst Ivy Zelman tells Barron's. KB Home (KBH) and Lennar (LEN) are Buys as valuation trades, while home-improvement companies like Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are Buys on the fundamentals. Stay away from USG (USG) and Armstrong World Industries (AWI), Zelman says.