Manufacturers Up, Builders Down

A Halloween rally wasn't enough to bring the major indices into positive terrain for the session ending October 31, 2005. Consumer spending rose 0.5 percent after a drop in the previous month. The Commerce Department also reported a 3.8 percent gain in the gross domestic product for the July through September quarter, growing more than expected in the wake of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

December 01, 2005

A Halloween rally wasn't enough to bring the major indices into positive terrain for the session ending October 31, 2005. Consumer spending rose 0.5 percent after a drop in the previous month. The Commerce Department also reported a 3.8 percent gain in the gross domestic product for the July through September quarter, growing more than expected in the wake of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Acquisitions also fueled the rally.

The Fed was expected to hike interest rates when they meet shortly after the close of our trading session, but analysts noted that a shift in their policies could influence the tone of the markets. "A lot of people are looking for the traditional November rally," said Rick Pendergraft, an equity trader at Schaeffer's Investment Research. "The more people look for it, the more concerned I am it won't happen. Any info not expected out of the Fed . . . could quickly halt the rally."

For the complete list of Builders' and Building Product Manufacturers' indices, visit www.housingzone.com/economics.

Building Product Manufacturers' Index
Exchange Symbol Ticker Name Company
NYSE ASD American Standard Companies, Inc.
NASD AMWD American Woodmark Corp.
NYSE BDK Black & Decker Corp.
NYSE DOW Dow Chemical Corp.
NYSE FO Fortune Brands, Inc.
NYSE GE General Electric Corp.
NYSE GP Georgia-Pacific Co.
NYSE MAS Masco Corp.
NYSE MYG Maytag Corp.
NYSE MHK Mohawk Industries, Inc.
NYSE SHW Sherwin-Williams Co.
NYSE SWK Stanley Works
NYSE USG USG Corp.
NYSE WHR Whirlpool Corp.


Builders' Index
Exchange Symbol Ticker Name Company
NYSE AVB AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
NASD AVTR Avatar Holdings, Inc.
NYSE BZH Beazer Homes USA, Inc.
NYSE BHS Brookfield Homes Corp.
NYSE CPT Camden Property Trust
AMEX CAV Cavalier Homes, Inc.
NASD CVCO Cavco Industries, Inc.
NYSE CTX Centex Corp.
NYSE CHB Champion Enterprises, Inc.
NASD CHCI Comstock Homebuilding Companies, Inc.
NYSE DHI D.R. Horton, Inc.
NASD DHOM Dominion Homes, Inc.
NYSE FLE Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc.
NYSE HOV Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc.
NYSE KBH KB Home
NYSE LEN Lennar Corp.
NYSE LEV Levitt Corp. (Levitt & Sons, LLC)
NYSE MDC MDC Holdings, Inc.
NYSE MHO M/I Homes, Inc.
NYSE MTH Meritage Homes Corp.
NASD NOBH Nobility Homes
AMEX NVR NVR, Inc.
AMEX OHB Orleans Homebuilders, Inc.
NASD PHHM Palm Harbor Homes, Inc.
NYSE PHM Pulte Homes, Inc.
NYSE RYL Ryland Group, Inc.
NYSE SKY Skyline Corp.
NYSE JOE St. Joe Co., The
NYSE SPF Standard-Pacific Corp.
NASD TARR Tarragon Corp.
NYSE TOA Technical Olympic USA, Inc.
NYSE TOL Toll Brothers, Inc.
NYSE WLT Walter Industries (Jim Walter Homes, Inc.)
NYSE WCI WCI Communities, Inc.
NYSE WY Weyerhaeuser Co. (Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Co.)
NYSE WLS William Lyon Homes


Price 10/31/2005 Price 9/30/2005 Net Change Percent Change
Product Manufacturers' Index 949.53 947.49 2.04 0.22%
Dow Jones Industrial Average 10440.07 10568.70 -128.63 -1.22%
S&P 500 Index 1207.01 1228.81 -21.80 -1.77%
NASDAQ Composite 2120.30 2151.69 -31.39 -1.46%
Gainers/Losers
$ Gainer Dow Chemical Corp. 4.19
$ Loser USG Corp. -9.60
% Gainer Dow Chemical Corp. 10.06%
% Loser American Standard Companies, Inc. -18.28%
Advancers 5
Decliners 9
Source: Trade Trends, Inc. (509) 327-1279


Price 10/31/2005 Price 9/30/2005 Net Change Percent Change
Builders' Index 1204.11 1321.39 -117.28 -8.88%
Dow Jones Industrial Average 10440.07 10568.70 -128.63 -1.22%
S&P 500 Index 1207.01 1228.81 -21.80 -1.77%
NASDAQ Composite 2120.30 2151.69 -31.39 -1.46%
Gainers/Losers
$ Gainer St. Joe Co., The 3.50
$ Loser NVR, Inc. -199.45
% Gainer Cavco Industries, Inc. 8.77%
% Loser Dominion Homes, Inc. -24.04%
Advancers 6
Decliners 30
Source: Trade Trends, Inc.


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