The physical destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy need not ruin your investment portfolio. In fact, home builders and home renovation big-box stores could benefit from the need to rebuild homes, office and apartment buildings and, in some cases, entire neighborhoods. One exchange-traded fund that I am eyeing that could ride the post-storm reconstruction wave of Hurricane Sandy is the iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund (ITB).
Not only does ITB feature the nation’s biggest publicly traded home building companies, it also includes Home Depot and Lowes. The iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Dow Jones U.S. Select Home Construction Index. Companies included in the fund should be among those to benefit the most from the post-storm construction efforts.
Media reports indicate that Hurricane Sandy could inflict a cost of $20 billion before its last remnants dissipate. If that estimate holds, Hurricane Sandy will rank as one of the ten most costly natural disasters in U.S. history.
The fund, which holds $1.450 billion in assets, is comprised mainly of home construction companies, 64.44%; but also features building materials and features firms, 17.09%; home improvement retailers, 13.66%; and furnishings companies, 4.63%. ITB’s top ten holdings feature an array of well-known construction, building materials and home improvement companies. They are: Lennar Corp., 9.70%; Pulte Group Inc., 9.61%; DR Horton Inc., 9.17%; Toll Brothers Inc., 8.30%; NVR Inc., 7.59%; Home Depot Inc., 4.55%; Ryland Group Inc., 4.09%; MDC Holdings Inc., 3.86%; Lowe’s Cos. Inc. 3.85%; and KB Home, 3.65%.
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