The average mortgage rate for a new home was 3% in 2020, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Thanks to inflation and the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes, that average has doubled to 6% today, the highest we’ve seen since 2008!

Higher interest rates cost millions of Americans the opportunity to buy a new home.

This trend has hit one company hard.

But with our Stock Power Ratings system, you would have known that Opendoor Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: OPEN) was one to steer clear of even before it announced it sold 42% of its properties at a loss in August.

A quick look at our Stock Power Ratings system helps you see the real picture of a company.

Opendoor started in 2013 as an online platform for buying, selling and trading residential properties.

Homeowners can post their homes, record video walk-throughs and get offers on their homes.

Prospective buyers can use the app to search, make offers and buy their new homes.

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OPEN’s Stock Power Ratings in September 2022.

OPEN stock scores a “High-Risk” 1 out of 100 on our Stock Power Ratings system, and we expect it to underperform the broader market over the next 12 months.

OPEN Stock: Significant Downside + Low Quality

I like to tell you about impressive company milestones.

Not so much for OPEN:

  • In its most recent quarter, the company reported a net loss of $54 million!
  • Its total gross margin for the quarter was negative 4.4%.

That’s why OPEN scores a 13 on growth.

It also scores in the red on our other five metrics.

OPEN has a negative price-to-earnings ratio, meaning it’s not making money. It scores a 33 on value.

The company has an awful return on equity of negative 11.5% and a return on assets of negative 3.7%, which translates to an 11 on quality.

Folks are paying too much for the stock, and it has a ways to go before turning a profit.

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Created in September 2022.

From its 52-week high in November 2021 to its low set this week, the stock has dropped 83.7%.

Opendoor stock scores an atrocious 1 overall on our proprietary Stock Power Ratings system.

That means we consider it “High-Risk” and expect it to underperform the broader market.

Bottom line: The housing market has cooled due to higher interest rates, with more Americans priced out of buying a new home.

And that makes OPEN a stock to avoid.

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Safe trading,

Matt Clark, CMSA®
Research Analyst, Money & Markets

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