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December 13, 2013

Fitch Ratings has released a report titled "2014 Outlook: U.S.

October 21, 2013

Fitch Ratings' latest Chalk Line report for Fall 2013 emphasized the continued strength of the housing recovery, despite recent setbacks such as the government shutdown and increased mortgage rates.

"Still low absolute mortgage rates and home prices well below former highs in most markets suggest that affordability is still attractive," said Fitch managing director Robert Curran. "Recent government struggles, negative equity and challenging mortgage qualification standards appear to be little more than short-term headwinds restraining the housing recovery."

August 27, 2013

The latest Fitch Ratings report sees a pick-up for the non-residential construction sector, beginning this year but accelerating in 2014.

Fitch expects private non-residential construction to grow 2% in 2013 and 5% in 2014 thanks to increased lending and CMBS issuance. Meanwhile, public construction spending is predicted to remain largely stable this year and grow 3% in 2014.

July 19, 2013

Fitch Ratings has offered up an analysis of June's low housing starts figures, postulating that sudden drop of 9.9% is just a symptom of the "fits and starts" modality of the housing recovery.

Though the drop was mainly spearheaded by a 26.7% drop in multifamily starts, Fitch highlighted that multifamily figures have been performing hairpin turns for the past several months.

November 22, 2011

Fitch Rating, one of the nation’s leading credit rating services, has reassessed its outlook on Home Depot and Lowe’s following the retailers’ recent third-quarter earnings releases.

Home Depot received a boost to A- staus, maintaining its stable outlook, based on the Atlanta retailer’s operating momentum, strong cash flow and positive comp-store sales in seven of the past eight quarters. 

Home Depot’s shares recently traded at $37.12. Its market capitalization is $57.16 billion

July 14, 2008

The latest Fitch Ratings report handicaps the home-building industry and its players. The most recent...

June 18, 2008

Fitch Ratings predicts “further slippage” on starts and new homes sales through 2008 and into...

January 13, 2008

This time last year, forecasts for the building industry were using words like “full recovery...

January 7, 2008

HCN takes a look at the housing recovery predictions from some of the country's top...

September 3, 2007

Fitch Ratings has issued a negative outlook for 14 publicly owned home builders and revised...