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Nailed It: This leveraged ETF is on fire

By Benzinga
Asset Management

Homebuilder stocks and exchange traded funds have recently been buoyed by a spate of encouraging data. Data out Monday show the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo housing market index jump three points to 64, its highest reading in a decade.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that September housing starts surged 6.5 percent, well ahead of the 1.4 percent increase expected by economists. Predictably, those data points and other are boosting homebuilder stocks and ETFs. For example, the $2.1 billion iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSE: ITB) is up 7.7 percent this year and resides at its highest levels in over eight years.

Gains for homebuilders and stocks would be even more impressive if not for a slump that started in August and lasted well into September, but the aforementioned data points ...

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