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Hot Stock in Focus – Capstead Mortgage Corporation (NYSE: CMO)

Capstead Mortgage Corporation (NYSE: CMO) has grabbed attention from the analysts when it experienced a change of -1.62% in the last trading session to close at $9.09. A total of 714,685 shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade contrast with its average trading volume of 571.74K shares, while its relative volume stands at 1.25. Relative volume is the comparison of current volume to average volume for the same time of day, and it’s displayed as a ratio. If RVOL is less than 1 it is not In Play on this trading day and Investors may decide not to trade it.  If RVOL is above 2 it is In Play and this is more evidence Investors ought to be in the name.  When stocks are *very* In Play one can see a RVOL of 5 and above.  The higher the RVOL the more In Play the stock is.

Day traders strive to make money by exploiting minute price movements in individual assets (usually stocks, though currencies, futures, and options are traded as well), usually leveraging large amounts of capital to do so, therefore they trade on Stocks in Play. In Play Stocks are volatile enough to produce good risk and reward trading opportunities for both bull and bear traders intraday. Most company stocks have very little volatility. They generally move extremely slowly and they only produce big price swings when the company produces good or bad trading results, which may only happen a couple of times a year at best.

Housing Stocks Hit by Rising Mortgage Rates

Rising mortgage rates aren't only shutting would-be buyers out of the real estate market – they are also pressuring the stocks of companies in that sector.

During 2017, housing-related stocks were surging along with everything else in the stock market, but this year, they have been one of the worst performing groups, with Seeking Alpha pegging the decline in stock prices in the sector at more than 10% year to date. While investors may brush this off as a correction after the strong showing in 2017, others point to rising mortgage rates, increasing real estate prices and a dearth of affordable properties as the main culprits for the decline in the share prices.

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After all, since the start of this year, mortgage rates have been marching higher, making it more expensive for home loan borrowers. The rise in rates comes at the same time that property values are increasing and demand is surging, resulting in price wars breaking out in some parts of the country. First-time buyers tend to be more price sensitive. Even a slight uptick in mortgage rates and property values could shut them out of the market altogether. The same goes for lower-income buyers. With home prices continuing to march higher, buying a home simply isn't affordable for many people. For the week ending May 18, the  Mortgage Bankers Association found that mortgage applications declined 2.6% from the week earlier, with the refinance share of mortgage activity decreasing to 35.7% of total applications from 35.9% in the prior week.

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation wants to examine how much homeowners plan to spend on renovations?

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation wants to examine how much homeowners plan to spend on renovations in the next year. A simple random sample of 125 shoppers produces a mean of $750 with a standard deviation of $135.

The difference in the outcomes is pretty large...

Good luck!