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December 12, 2013
12:25 EDTRYL, DHI, LEN, TOL, MDC, PHM, NVR, BZH, SPF, KBH, HOVHovnanian advances after results beat expectations
Shares of homebuilder Hovnanian (HOV) are climbing after the company reported stronger than expected results, and noted that its backlog had jumped 14%. WHAT'S NEW: Hovnanian earlier today reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 21c, compared with analysts' consensus estimate of 16c. The homebuilder's revenue also surpassed the consensus outlook. Moreover, Hovnanian reported that its contract backlog as of October 31 had jumped 14.3% versus the same period in 2012 to $848.4 million. "Although our sales slowed from July through September due to the adverse impacts of higher mortgage rates, the sequester and the government shutdown, we are happy to report that our sales improved back to prior year levels in October and exceeded last year's levels in November," said Hovnanian CEO Ara Hovnanian. The company's profitability should increase in fiscal 2014, as demand for new homes rises as a result of household formations, the CEO added. On its earnings conference call, the company said that most of its growth in profitability in fiscal 2014 will occur in the second half of the year. Also, the home builder stated that it expects to report a loss for the first quarter of 2014, due to seasonally low delivery volume. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Hovnanian advanced 4.4% to $5.20. Other homebuilders were mixed in the down market, with Lennar (LEN) losing 0.7% to $34.80, KB Home (KBH) adding 0.5% to $17.20, Pulte Group (PHM) losing 0.3% to $18, and Ryland Group (RYL) rising 0.8% to $38.30.
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July 24, 2014
17:05 EDTDHIOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:32 EDTDHIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday amid another wave of earnings reports, headlined by Facebook (FB), Caterpillar (CAT), General Motors (GM) and Ford (F). The market has moved in a narrow range as investors try to digest the bevy of earnings reports that were released last night and this morning. The market has also had to battle a negative economic report on new home sales, which not only disappointed in June but saw the prior month revised lower as well. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 19K to 284K in the week ended July 19. While the BLS said there were no special factors in the claims data, they also reminded that the numbers can be very volatile at this time of year due in part to auto shutdowns. Markit's flash U.S. PMI for July dipped 1 point to 56.3 from 57.3 in June. June new home sales fell 8.1% to a 406K rate, which was worse than expected, and May's data was downwardly revised. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 52 in July from 50.7 a month earlier. COMPANY NEWS: Facebook achieved a new all-time high and its share price eclipsed $76, a level that was more than double the price of its initial public offering, after its revenue and profits beat expectations. After the report a number of Wall Street analysts hiked their price targets on the stock, with Jefferies and Topeka both raising their targets on the social network operator's stock to $100... Shares of General Motors declined more than 3% after its earnings per share, excluding special items, missed consensus expectations and its revenue also fell short of the analysts' forecast. The company took a $400M special charge related to its ignition switch compensation program, but cautioned that there is no cap on this program and it is possible the total cost could increase by another $200M. Also, GM recorded a non-cash pre-tax special charge of about $900M in the second quarter for the estimated costs of future possible recalls for "up to the next 10 years on 30M GM vehicles on the road today." In contrast, Ford reported earnings per share, excluding special items, and revenue that beat expectations and its stock rose 1%... Caterpillar dropped over 3% after its quarterly revenue missed expectations and it narrowed its outlook for full-year revenue. However, the heavy machine maker's earnings did beat the consensus forecast and it raised it fiscal year profit outlook. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sodastream (SODA), which jumped nearly 20% after Bloomberg said the home beverage system maker is in talks with an investment firm on deal that would make it a private company and value it at about $828M, or $40 per share. Also higher following their earnings reports were Under Armour (UA), which rose 15%, and Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), which gained 5%. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were homebuilder DR Horton (DHI), which fell 10%, online travel company TripAdvisor (TRIP), which dropped 9%, and semiconductor chip maker Qualcomm (QCOM), which slid 6%. Also lower was review service operator Angie's List (ANGI), which plunged 19% after reporting second quarter losses per share and revenue that were worse than expected, prompting a number of downgrades of its stock by Wall Street analysts. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 8.25, or 0.05%, to 17,094.88, the Nasdaq was up 6.10, or 0.14%, to 4,479.80, and the S&P 500 was up 2.98, or 0.15%, to 1,989.99.
11:00 EDTDHID.R. Horton sees returns on investment increasing quarter over quarter
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10:54 EDTDHID.R. Horton doesn't expect to have to increase incentives
10:49 EDTDHID.R. Horton says biggest headwind for housing is weak job growth
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10:48 EDTDHID.R. Horton Q3 home sales gross margin 20.7% vs. 21.4% in prior year quarter
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10:19 EDTDHID.R. Horton falls after results, levels to watch
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07:20 EDTDHID.R. Horton reports Q3 net sales orders increased 25% to 8,551 homes
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07:15 EDTDHID.R. Horton sees 'strong finish to fiscal year'
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07:13 EDTDHID.R. Horton increases quarterly dividend by 67% to 6.25c
The company has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 6.25c per common share, an increase of 67% compared to its most recent dividend paid. The dividend is payable on August 18 to stockholders of record on August 8.
07:10 EDTDHID.R. Horton reports Q2 EPS 32c, consensus 49c
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06:40 EDTPHMPulteGroup reports Q2 backlog value $2.8B
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06:38 EDTPHMPulteGroup reports Q2 EPS 11c, may not compare to consensus 25c
Reports Q2 revenue $1.29B, consensus $1.33B. Q2 net income was $42M, or 11c per share, after pretax charges of $88M, or 14c per share, for insurance reserves and office relocation costs. Net income for the second quarter reflects $26M, or 7c per share, of income tax expense.
July 21, 2014
13:26 EDTHOVHovnanian target liquidity range $170M-$245M
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09:02 EDTNVRNVR reports Q2 Homebuilding orders up 4% to 3,415 units
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09:01 EDTNVRNVR reports Q2 EPS $15.17, consensus $14.88
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July 18, 2014
16:34 EDTKBHKB Home files automatic mixed securities shelf
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10:48 EDTBZHHigh option volume stocks
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July 16, 2014
11:29 EDTLENLennar management to meet with ISI Group
Meeting to be held in San Francisco on July 23 hosted by ISI Group.
11:25 EDTHOVHovnanian management to meet with Global Hunter
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