Homebuilders are scrambling on Thursday afternoon.
Republican lawmakers unveiled their new tax plan Thursday, which proposes a cap on the mortgage-interest deduction at $500,000.
Although the proposed deduction wouldn't apply to existing mortgages, homebuilder stocks took a hit in early afternoon trading as investors became concerned mortgage deduction woes would impact homeowners' demand.
PulteGroup Inc. (PHM) - Get Report shares were lower 0.07% to $30.39, D.R. Horton Inc. (DHI) - Get Report stock fell 0.04% to $44.71 and KB Home (KBH) - Get Report shares slipped 1.49% to $27.13. Toll Brothers Inc. (TOL) - Get Report dipped 4.63% to $44.47, while the iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Contstruction ETF (ITB) - Get Report fell 1.4% to $39.42. Real estate brands site Zillow Group Inc. (ZG) - Get Report shares were down 1.33% to $39.99.
Bank stocks fared better. Although homeowners all eventually work through a bank to finance a home, big banks were optimistic on other aspects of proposed tax legislation.
Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) - Get Report shares were higher 1% to $56.38. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) - Get Report stock gained 0.63% to $101.57 and Bank of America Corp. (BAC) - Get Report stock pushed higher 1.33% to $27.90. The Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) - Get Report was up 1.01% to $26.91.
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