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It was a quiet week for the model portfolio, but U.S. stocks made fractional gains and finished at record highs on Friday.
Stronger-than-expected homebuilder sentiment but weaker-than expected single-family housing starts offset each other as KB Home and Lennar led homebuilder stocks higher since Mid-May.
It was a quiet week for the model portfolio, as U.S. stocks bounced around and ultimately finished little changed on Friday.
As U.S. stocks moved higher for a third straight week, we closed out one model portfolio position for a huge gain.
During this relatively quiet, holiday-shortened week, we trimmed one model portfolio position and added shares to one other.
We did not make any trades in the model portfolio this week, but we believe this relatively quiet period is a good time to find some new investing ideas.
Here are some trading guidelines on homebuilders after last week's reports on the housing market.
This options expiration week included the expected volatility in the market and we used the action to add to one model portfolio position.
We used the selloff this week to put some cash to work and add shares to five of our model portfolio positions, raising our rating on one of them.
As earnings season began the winding down process this week, we used weakness on Thursday to add to two of our model portfolio positions.
Kodiak Oil & Gas and Standard Pacific are both trading up a bit today, even though each posted results that missed expectations.
Here is what we'll be focusing on when Kodiak Oil & Gas, ON Semiconductor and Standard Pacific issue their quarterly results after the close.
As the market seesawed this week, we added to three of our model portfolio positions and booked some gains in one other name.
As earnings season began for the model portfolio names this week, we used the market swings to add to two of our positions.
Homebuilders DR Horton, M/I Homes, Meritage Homes, Pulte and Ryland report their quarterly earnings next week.
As earnings season kicked off, we used the selloff this week to add to three of our model portfolio positions.
As a new quarter began this week, we used the volatility to add shares to two of our model portfolio positions.
We used the volatility this week to add to six of our model portfolio positions, and we also closed out one other holding.
Ahead of the quarterly quadruple-witching options expiration this week, we used the high volatility to add to one model portfolio position.
KB Home's better-than-expected earnings may signal strength in homebuilders and provide a selling opportunity.
We used the volatility this week to book some gains in two model portfolio positions and we added shares to one other.
We added to two of our model portfolio positions during this week's rally and trimmed another during a post-earnings selloff.
As stocks added to gains again this week, a new name joined the model portfolio and we trimmed one position and added to another.
But given the froth we're seeing now, I suspect we are not quite done with the chop effect.
We're crunching the numbers for the 19 housing sector index components and the recent data for homebuilder sentiment and single-family housing starts.
As the market averages added to recent gains this week, we continued to monitor the universe of low-dollar stocks for trading opportunities.
You'll need to be more discerning these days, so here's what to look for.
This week was fairly quiet for the model portfolio but U.S. stocks continued to rebound and posted gains in all five sessions.
Amid this week's 'tale of two markets' action, we used selloffs to add to three of our model portfolio positions.
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