Home builder stocks are catching a bid this morning. Perhaps the negative impact that the harsh winter weather had on the just-released January existing home sales report is raising expectations that the spring thaw will bring with it a release of pent-up demand for housing.

The 16 stocks below are up an average of 2% right now compared with a 0.2% advance in the S&P 500:

Home Builders Rally

Ticker

Company

Market Cap

Last

Change

% Chg

(BZH) Beazer Homes USA, Inc.

$542.44

21.50

0.72

3.46%

(TPH) TRI Pointe Homes, Inc.

$533.06

17.00

0.49

2.97%

(TOL) Toll Brothers, Inc.

$6,805.47

38.43

1.05

2.81%

(LEN) Lennar Corporation Class A

$8,624.14

42.30

1.01

2.45%

(RYL) Ryland Group, Inc.

$2,016.76

43.71

0.99

2.32%

(DHI) D.R. Horton, Inc.

$7,713.86

23.87

0.54

2.31%

(MTH) Meritage Homes Corporation

$1,868.13

47.79

1.03

2.20%

(MDC) M.D.C. Holdings, Inc.

$1,424.64

29.35

0.59

2.07%

(NVR) NVR, Inc.

$5,204.39

1182.75

23.07

1.99%

(HOV) Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc.

$818.67

5.87

0.11

1.91%

(SPF) Standard Pacific Corp.

$2,393.07

8.63

0.15

1.77%

(PHM) PulteGroup, Inc.

$7,751.83

20.35

0.33

1.65%

(KBH) KB Home

$1,598.68

19.10

0.30

1.60%

(TMHC) Taylor Morrison Home Corp.

$2,879.15

23.62

0.37

1.59%

(BRP) Brookfield Residential Properties Inc.

$2,551.17

21.86

0.25

1.16%

(MHO) M/I Homes, Inc.

$572.41

23.48

0.18

0.77%