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December 22, 2014

Total existing-home sales were down 6.1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.93 million in November. That's compared to a downwardly revised figure of 5.25 million in October.

December 22, 2014

Monday's up-and-comer was Central Garden & Pet, which led the bulls at an increase of 3.06%.

December 22, 2014

Eagle Materials (EXP) saw the best of Friday's positive headwinds, rising 3.37% to a share price of $80.01.

December 22, 2014

Housing starts regressed a bit in November, but maintained their edge over 2013 figures. And once again, gas prices fell further.

December 19, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Dec. 19, 2014

December 19, 2014

A new report from Zillow pins U.S. home value growth at a gain of 6.7% (or $1.7 trillion) in 2014, which brings the total value of all homes in the U.S. to $27.5 trillion.

December 18, 2014

Thursday continued the swell of optimism, which lifted nearly all the boats in HCN's Top 30 publicly traded companies.

December 17, 2014

Stocks were trending upward again after several consecutive days of bearish market trends for HCN's Top 30 publicly traded companies.

December 16, 2014

Tuesday was a slow day for HCN stocks, but Central Garden & Pet (CENT) and WD-40 Company (WDFC) both managed to rise more than 3%.

December 16, 2014

Housing starts had a disappointing showing in November, dipping below their monthly and yearly comparisons. And with just one more month left to account for in 2014, breaking the million mark looks unlikely.

December 15, 2014

Friday wasn't kind to most HCN stocks, especially Simpson (SSD), which was down 4.07% by the day's close.

December 15, 2014

On a day with more bears than bulls, Sears Holdings (SHLD) saw the steepest decline at 3.59%.

December 15, 2014

October was a particularly lucrative month for retail sales in the hardware store category. Meanwhile, gas prices crept farther down the dial.

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December 15, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Dec. 12, 2014

December 11, 2014

 Armstrong led the gainers with a +6.08%, while Stock Building Supply saw the biggest deline with -2.99%.

December 11, 2014

Lumberyards, hardware stores and home centers fared well in the most recent government report measuring monthly retail sales.

In the month of November, NAICS 444 businesses – building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers – showed 1.4% month-to-month gains on an adjusted basis, and 7.8% gains compared to a year ago. 

December 10, 2014

Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores (SHOS) rose 5.66% on Tuesday, taking the lead on an overall bullish day for HCN stocks.

December 10, 2014

Stocks took a turn toward the bears on Wednesday, with Eagle (EXP) and LP (LPX) both decreasing by more than 6%.

December 8, 2014

It was a sluggish day for HCN stocks, but Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) managed to shoot up 8.52%.

December 8, 2014

The week closed on a positive note, with the majority of HCN stocks getting a nice boost by Friday's close.

December 8, 2014

Unemployment stayed static in November, though stocks were almost all in the positive quadrant, reflecting monthly and yearly gains.

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December 5, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that unemployment held steady at 5.8% in November, with the economy adding 321,000 jobs for the month. This is well above the year's 224,000-jobs-per-month average.

Construction employment also continued to trend up in November (up 20,000). Employment in specialty trade contractors rose by 21,000, mostly in the residential component. Over the past 12 months, construction has added 213,000 jobs, with just over half the gain among specialty trade contractors.

December 4, 2014

Sears Holdings released a less-than-rosy Q3 report, but it was Sears Hometown (SHOS) that fell more on Thursday, despite the fact that its earnings were still in the docket.

December 3, 2014

Stocks continued to push ahead with a good amount of force on Wednesday, with many HCN stocks jumping more than 2 percent.

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