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If the housing market is really on the mend, that is undeniably a good sign for the broader economy and the stock market.
Guess what? It’s increasingly looking like the housing rebound is, to pull a famous Seinfeld phrase, real and spectacular.
Home Depot (HD) reported profits Tuesday morning that were much better than forecasts. It also raised guidance.
In its earnings release, CEO Frank Blake said the company is continuing to “benefit from a recovering housing market” despite the fact that there was “less favorable weather” during the quarter.
Some retailers have blamed the snowy and cold winter for soft first-quarter results and a slowdown in consumer spending. So it’s really encouraging to see that Home Depot bucked that trend, thanks to the comeback in housing.continue reading »