Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Investopedia: Waiting For Housing To Recover, Valspar's Recovery Already Arrived

Data on the residential housing market has been getting better. Prices and sales activity have both improved, and data from the major big-box home improvement stores Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and Lowe's (NYSE:LOW) suggests that homeowners and contractors are back at work fixing up properties.

While the aforementioned data has been incremental, many housing-related stocks have already posted strong runs. One of them, paint and coatings manufacturer Valspar (NYSE:VAL) is already up 75% over the last two years and about 46% over the past year. While declining TiO2 prices and improving demand should both help results, as will a growing presence in emerging markets, the stock seems to already be testing the high end of its typical valuation range.

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