Stocks Take Cue from Bull Run

Stocks Take Cue from Bull Run

Washington, DC - Kitchen and bath industry stocks took their cue from the record-setting bull run on Wall Street, flexing their muscles in a display of strength as 1999 wound to a close.

The performance of 49 key stocks of building products manufacturers, distributors and retailers - as tracked in Kitchen & Bath Design News' exclusive monthly Stock Index - revealed a strong sense of underlying confidence among investors, rising 191.68 points, or 9.75%, to close the trading period from November 5-December 5 at 2156.90. By comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 3.27%, to close out the year at 9311.19, only a precursor to the explosive rise in the Dow during January.

Of the 49 stocks tracked by K&BDN, gainers outpaced losers by nearly a 3-to-1 ratio, with eight of the stocks reaching
new 52-week highs and only four plummeting to new lows.

Leading gainers for the period included Daltile, General Electric and The Home Depot. Armstrong World Industries, Knape & Vogt and Stanley Works were among the biggest losers.

Editor's Note: Several of the companies listed in this report are parent companies of - or have other financial ties to - remodeling industry product suppliers. The following is a list of those companies and their affiliations: Armstrong World Industries (Triangle Pacific, Bruce Hardwood and Hartco Flooring); Black & Decker (Price Pfister, Kwikset and DeWalt); Electrolux AB (Frigidaire Co.); Fortune Brands (Aristokraft, Moen, Decorá and Schrock Cabinetry Co.); Griffon Corp. (CLOPAY); International Paper (Nevamar); Knape & Vogt (Feeny Mfg.); Masco Corp. (Merillat Industries, KraftMaid, Delta Faucet, StarMark, Fieldstone, Kindred Industries, Peerless Faucets, Aqua Glass/Huppe, Melard Mfg. , Zenith Products and Baldwin Hardware); Maytag Co. (Jenn-Air and Magic Chef); Nortek Inc. (Broan, NuTone and Universal-Rundle); Pentair (Porter-Cable); Premark Int'l (Wilsonart Int'l and Florida Tile); Raytheon Co. (Modern Maid, Amana and Caloric Corp.); Tomkins (LASCO Bathware and Pegler Ltd.); U.S. Industries (Jacuzzi
Whirlpool Bath); Whirlpool Corp. (KitchenAid and Roper).