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March 19, 2014
10:17 EDTLEN, RYL, PHM, HOV, WLH, TOLHomebuilders rebound after KB Home results beat expectations
Shares of homebuilders are rising in today's down market after one of the companies in the sector, KB Home (KBH), reported stronger than expected results. WHAT'S NEW: KB Home reported first quarter earnings per share of 12c, compared with analysts' consensus estimate of 8c. The company's revenue was also higher than expected. KB's homebuilding operating income jumped to $17.7M, versus $500K in the same period a year earlier. The average selling price of the company's homes jumped 12% year-over-year, and the net value of its orders rose 18%. KB's housing gross profit margin increased to 17.7%, up from 14.8% in the same period a year earlier. WHAT'S NOTABLE: KB Home's stronger than expected results come after some recent negative news for the sector. On February 25, homebuilder Toll Brothers said that its contracts for units had dropped about 8% in the first three and a half weeks of its second quarter. The company also reduced the high end of its fiscal 2014 home delivery guidance. On March 12, Credit Suisse downgraded its rating on Toll Brothers (TOL), along with peers Pulte Group (PHM) and William Lyon Homes (WLH). The spring selling season looks set to be "underwhelming," the firm warned. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Lennar rose 4% to $42.20, Ryland (RYL) advanced 2.8% to $42.55, Hovnanian (HOV) added 3% to $5.10, PulteGroup gained 3% to $20.05, William Lyon added 1.5% to $29.80, and KB Home rose 9% to $19.25.
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August 29, 2014
08:29 EDTHOVHovnanian volatility flat into Q3 and building outlook
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August 28, 2014
15:02 EDTTOLToll Brothers September weekly volatility elevated into Q3
Toll Brothers September weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, September is at 25, October and January is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into its release of Q3 results on September 2.
August 26, 2014
07:49 EDTPHMPulteGroup offers best risk/reward among homebuilders, says UBS
UBS believes PulteGroup offers the best risk/reward among homebuilders, citing its significant leverage, benefits of recent land acquisition, management's focus on controlling risk and returning cash to shareholders, and valuation. The firm has a Buy rating with a $25 price target on PulteGroup.
August 25, 2014
07:04 EDTPHMPulteGroup acquires Dominion Homes real estate assets
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