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What: Shares of home-furnishing company Ethan Allen Interiors (NYSE: ETH) soared 11% today after receiving an analyst upgrade.

So what: Ethan Allen shares galloped out of the gate this morning following an upgrade from an analyst at Stifel Nicolaus to buy from hold. The upgrade comes just two days after Ethan Allen reported third-quarter results that beat Wall Street’s estimates by $0.01 on an 8% growth in sales.

Now what: The home-remodeling sector is on fire, and this is more proof. Just today we saw Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL) rallying on stronger-than-expected earnings, while Home Depot (NYSE: HD) recently ascended to a new 52-week high. The prevailing trend is the same at all three companies: Homeowners are choosing to remodel as opposed to moving or buying new homes. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ethan Allen continues to be strong over the next year or two.

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