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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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October 23, 2014
08:12 EDTRYLRyland Group reports Q3 EPS 85c, consensus 80c
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06:43 EDTPHMPulteGroup reports Q3 EPS 37c, consensus 36c
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06:41 EDTPHMPulteGroup increases share repurchase authorization by $750M
PulteGroup also announced that its board approved a share repurchase authorization of $750M. At the end of Q3, the company had $85M available under its existing repurchase authorization.
06:40 EDTPHMPulteGroup raises quarterly dividend by 60% to 8c per share
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October 22, 2014
15:37 EDTPHMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 71c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.96; AbbVie (ABBV), consensus 77c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 95c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 67c; Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus $1.57; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.36; Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.16; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.32; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.60; American Electric Power (AEP), consensus $1.02; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 53c; Lorillard (LO), consensus 90c; T. Rowe Price (TROW), consensus $1.15; Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 91c; Zimmer Holdings (ZMH), consensus $1.30; Nucor (NUE), consensus 73c; Nielsen (NLSN), consensus 65c; Prologis (PLD), consensus 46c; Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), consensus $1.06; Under Armour (UA), consensus 40c; EQT (EQT), consensus 56c; Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), consensus 88c; Cameron International (CAM), consensus $1.10; Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), consensus 89c; Quest Diagnostics (DGX), consensus $1.08; CMS Energy (CMS), consensus 41c; Airgas (ARG), consensus $1.29; PulteGroup (PHM), consensus 36c; Diamond Offshore (DO), consensus 79c; Bemis (BMS), consensus 67c.
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 EDTPHMPulteGroup initiated with a Buy at Buckingham
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07:51 EDTLENLennar initiated with a Buy at Buckingham
Target $50.
07:51 EDTTOLToll Brothers initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham
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October 13, 2014
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.

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