Thor, Patrick, Drew are Enjoying Stock Bounce
It was tough not to notice the recreational vehicle group over the past week, according to a report by Investors.com
Drew Industries Inc. jumped 7% for the week. Patrick Industries Inc. settled 13% higher, after spiking 20% on Monday (Oct. 1). Group leader Thor Industries Inc. coasted home with a 1% gain but has a three- month advance under its belt, including a 15% gain for September.
The entire group lagged in the rankings, ranked No. 134 at the start of August. It broad-jumped into the Top 20 this week to end Friday at No. 18.
The annual RV show in Hershey, Pa., billed as “America’s Largest RV Show,” ran from Sept. 19-23.
Thor reported “record retail sales for units sold” at the annual show. RV maker and Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary Forest River Inc. said it sold “virtually hundreds of units” at the show.
Although this industry group is listed in the building sector, the top stocks are really leisure sector plays. Thor and Drew see more than three-quarters and Patrick more than half their revenue from RV sales.
Snowmobile and off-road vehicle sales have gone great guns for the past two years, sending Polaris sales to record highs last year. The stock soared 233% since a March 2010 breakout.
RV makers have been a different bag of nuts, but they service very similar audiences. And they have also seen an accelerating recovery in sales beginning last year.