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March 20, 2014
13:42 EDTLEN, BZH, DHI, HOV, KBH, MDC, RYLLennar drops despite reporting 'excellent' land positions through FY15
Shares of homebuilding company Lennar (LEN) are dropping slightly after the company reported better-than-expected first quarter earnings per share and revenue, along with guidance of "excellent" land positions through FY15. WHAT'S NEW: Lennar reported Q1 EPS of 35c, which was well above analysts' consensus of 28c, but included a $45.9M tax provision. The company reported Q1 revenues of $1.36B, above analysts' consensus of $1.28B, and noted that Q1 home deliveries were up 13%. Lennar reported Q1 new orders were up 10% and its Q1-end backlog was up 15%. The company's CEO, Stuart Miller, said that Lennar is "well positioned to capitalize on the recovering market" and believes the housing market is still in the early stages of overall recovery. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's Q1 earnings conference call, Lennar said it is maintaining its goal to deliver between 21K-22K homes for FY14. It said that there has been "clear signs" in Q1 that volume is returning to the market even as severe weather made conditions difficult. The company noted that inventories are likely to remain constrained, but it believes that all of its business segments are well positioned for the future. The company expects that cost will continue to increase in some of the material, most notably drywall, lumber and siding which will begin to impact Q2 deliveries. Lennar anticipates that construction of development pipeline will be completed over the next four years. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Lennar fell by $1.09, or 2.64%, to $40.25. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded homebuilders include Beazer Homes (BZH), D.R. Horton (DHI), Hovnanian (HOV), KB Home (KBH), M.D.C. Holdings (MDC), and Ryland Group (RYL).
News For LEN;BZH;DHI;HOV;KBH;MDC;RYL From The Last 14 Days
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October 22, 2014
10:09 EDTHOVOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AOL (AOL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... ARM Holdings (ARMH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Assets Trust (AAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... American Midstream Partners (AMID) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... BancorpSouth (BXS) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded at UBS... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... East West Bancorp (EWBC) upgraded at BMO Capital... El Paso Electric (EE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Generac (GNRC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Harmony Gold (HMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hovnanian (HOV) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... OMV AG (OMVKY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seaspan (SSW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Sibanye Gold (SBGL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Smith & Nephew (SNN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Steel Dynamics (STLD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Steris (STE) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Tesoro Logistics (TLLP) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Texas Instruments (TXN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Hudson Square... Vanguard Natural (VNR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Volaris (VLRS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Wilshire Bancorp (WIBC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital.
06:01 EDTHOVHovnanian upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities
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October 20, 2014
07:51 EDTLENLennar initiated with a Buy at Buckingham
Target $50.
07:51 EDTKBHKB Home initiated with a Buy at Buckingham
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07:50 EDTDHID.R. Horton initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham
Target $23.
October 13, 2014
10:08 EDTDHI, KBHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:52 EDTDHIUS Building Products & Homebuilding sector lowered at Barclays
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07:11 EDTHOVHovnanian upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point
Compass Point upgraded Hovnanian to Buy given recent underperformance and history of outperformance when the sector bounces. Price target remains $4.50.
07:11 EDTDHID.R. Horton upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point
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07:11 EDTKBHKB Home upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Compass Point
Compass Point upgraded KB Home to Neutral citing relative valuation and focus on lower price points. Price target raised to $15.50 from $13.50.
October 10, 2014
10:22 EDTLENLennar management to meet with JPMorgan
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09:31 EDTHOVHovnanian upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at FBN Securities
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09:30 EDTKBHKB Home upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at FBN Securities
FBN Securities upgraded KB Home to Outperform based on relative valuation and increased balance sheet leverage.
October 8, 2014
10:00 EDTRYLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:54 EDTRYLRyland Group downgraded at KeyBanc
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05:53 EDTRYLRyland Group downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBanc
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