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Friday Fast Five - 1/07/2022

by Hodges Investment Team, on Jan 7, 2022 10:00:00 AM

Five interesting things that Hodges Capital research analysts discovered this week...

#1 USED CAR PRICES: The average price of a used vehicle in the United States in November 2021, according to, was $29,011, a dizzying 39% more than just 12 months earlier.

#2 MORTGAGE RATES: The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates a few times in 2022, which means mortgage rates will likely rise. Both Redfin and predict a 30-year-fixed mortgage rate will reach 3.60% by the end of 2022, compared to an average of 3.30% now.  

#3 BLACK GOLD: According to the CME Group, the price of oil ended 2021 at $75.21 a barrel, up +55% from its 2020 close of $48.52 a barrel. Oil’s all-time closing high price is $147.27 a barrel as of 7/11/2008.

#4 TOTAL RETURN: The total return for the S&P 500 over the last 30 years (1992-2021) was a gain of +10.6% per year. If you missed the 30 best percentage gain days over the last 30 years, the +10.6% annual gain falls to a +4.4% annual gain per BTN Research.

#5 HOME IMPROVEMENT: “Looking ahead to 2022, the home improvement sector is likely to contract modestly, given the industry benefited from both higher inflation and government stimulus in 2021. While it still remains difficult to predict the market performance precisely, we are expecting a demand decline of mid-single-digits on a mix-adjusted basis.” – David M. Denton, Executive VP, CFO & Principal Financial Officer of Lowe’s Companies


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