Real Estate Stock Outlook

Jan. 21, 2014 10:51 AM ETBAC, MTG, NLY, XHB, IYR1 Comment
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The week ahead for real estate relative stocks is meaningful though light of catalysts on the holiday shortened period. Last week was mixed for the group of real estate relatives we follow closely, due to a mix of economic, industry and company specific drivers. Here's what we see for the group for the week ahead.

The Week That Was

1-Week Chart at Yahoo Finance

It was a mixed week for the real estate relative group. Bank of America (BAC) obviously excelled on company specific news as it reported strong results for its quarter. MGIC Investment (MTG) outperformed on the week thanks to strong mortgage origination data, though we debunked that in this article. The company also benefited from relatively supportive mortgage news from the big banks, including Bank of America, which said it originated $90 billion in new residential loans in 2013.

Homebuilder shares and the SPDR S&P Homebuilders (XHB) languished because of a decrease in homebuilder sentiment, which we noted could be an early warning signal for real estate. Annaly Capital's (NLY) slide is more difficult to peg, but may have been the result of a fading capital flow factor, which we discussed this morning in our stock market preview. The iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF (IYR) likely benefited from lower 30-year treasury yields on the week, which drifted five basis points to 3.75%.

Real Estate Relative Security

Last Week


Last 12 Months

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY)




iShares U.S. Real Estate




SPDR S&P Homebuilders




Bank of America




Annaly Capital




MGIC Investment




The Week Ahead

Relative economic data includes just two reports this week, but they are important enough to move the group. First and foremost, the Existing Home Sales Report for December comes due on Thursday morning at 10:00 AM ET. Economists expect the annual pace of sales to steady at 4.9 million. Since this is seasonally adjusted data, it is absolutely neutral, but it is still negative for a recovering real estate market with a long way to go to normalization. The pace of sales is down significantly from the summer, and it fell in November by 4.3% from a pace of 5.12 million in October. Further decrease would be decidedly negative for the real estate group broadly speaking, and more so for the homebuilders and mortgage insurers. Bank of America has a broad range of lending sectors and will more closely follow interest rates than anything else here. Ironically, rising interest rates benefit BAC, as long as they do not rise so much that they constrict the economy.

Economic Data

Date of Report

Prior Result


Mortgage Activity




Existing Home Sales (Dec.)


4.9 M

4.9 M

Mortgage Activity improved sharply last week, but it was against a holiday stricken period. Despite the data being seasonally adjusted, we've seen extreme fluctuation around holidays for this weekly data point. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Market Composite Index measuring mortgage applications broadly rose by 11.9%, with applications tied to home purchase up 12%. Obviously, the homebuilders' shares will be sensitive to that sub-data point. This week's data will be less noisy, so investors in the group will want to follow it more closely. In the forward week, we'll see influence from the Martin Luther King holiday.

Interest Rate Trend

Both 10-year and 30-year treasuries have dropped this month. 10-year treasuries are down 16 basis points to 2.84%, while 30-year yields are lower by 17 basis points. Short-term rates are down as well, which is bad news for BAC. However, Annaly Capital is up year-to-date, and probably benefiting from the rate trend and the coinciding decreased presence of the Fed in the mortgage securities market where it purchases securities.

The most pressing issue for this group is a recent economic question posed by labor market and other economic data points. If rates are coming down because there is a question about the state of the economic recovery, then all bets are off for the group. Since that is the trending belief, we expect these stocks to drift further this week for the most part. Company specific news will continue to play roles between names.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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