Rising interest rates be damned.
There are several societal forces well underway in the U.S. housing market that make home improvement stocks like Home Depot (HD) - Get Home Depot Inc. (The) Report and Lowe's (LOW) - Get Lowe's Companies Inc. Report worthy of a look by investors.
Points out Credit Suisse analyst Seth Sigman:
"Trends in household formation and home-ownership in the U.S. remained solid in 1Q18 when comparing to a year ago, based on Census data; We view these as key long term drivers for Home Depot and Lowe's, which are needed to extend what has already been a very strong recovery cycle to date, and navigate a period of potentially higher interest rates. This also seems to be far more important than the short-term weather concerns heard since January. The bottom line: not only is household formation increasing year over year, but it's being driven by more "owned" homes (vs. rented), and by recovering ownership rates among younger consumers, a key group that has been missing."
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Home ownership is climbing back to pre Great Recession levels.
Young people are finally buying homes.
Young people are ready to spend on sprucing up their new home.