Home-improvement stocks already look strong, and continued weakness in home sales can only make them stronger.
The home improvement company, however, maintains a cautious view on the housing market recovery.
The largest operator of farm and ranch stores in the US suffered setbacks during the recession, but recent quarters have seen an uptick.
Housing plays are rising, including the venerable paint supplier and a faucet maker backed by a top hedge fund manager.
Number of homes under contract for sale is at highest level in a year and a half.
One analyst firm says the retailer's operating performance continues to deteriorate.
Guess is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Barnes & Noble is initiated with a 'buy.'
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