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March 19, 2014
10:17 EDTWLH, RYL, HOV, LEN, TOL, PHMHomebuilders 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.
News For LEN;RYL;PHM;HOV;WLH;TOL From The Last 14 Days
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December 18, 2014
10:41 EDTTOLHigh option volume stocks
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December 12, 2014
10:01 EDTHOVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CIBC (CM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Costco (COST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Discovery (DISCA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Emerald Oil (EOX) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) cut to Underweight on lower oil at JPMorgan... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Hovnanian (HOV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Mindray Medical (MR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Oracle (ORCL) resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... Zayo Group (ZAYO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
07:54 EDTHOVHovnanian downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point
07:43 EDTPHMPulteGroup remains a Key Call, says UBS
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December 11, 2014
10:13 EDTTOLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARIAD (ARIA) downgraded at Credit Suisse... AbbVie (ABBV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Aimco (AIV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Approach Resources (AREX) downgraded at Sterne Agee... CommVault (CVLT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Fifth Street Senior (FSFR) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Harmonic (HLIT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Macerich (MAC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Olin Corp. (OLN) downgraded at Longbow... Penn West (PWE) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Prudential plc (PUK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Semiconductor Manufacturing (SMI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Suncor (SU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Talisman Energy (TLM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Thompson Creek (TC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... United Therapeutics (UTHR) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Vera Bradley (VRA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee.
07:23 EDTTOLToll Brothers downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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06:13 EDTTOLToll Brothers downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
December 10, 2014
14:57 EDTTOLToll Brothers says orders through first six weeks of Q1 up 16%
Says if order growth continues, FY15 results likely to come in at upper end of forecast. Says homebuyers still 'skittish.' Says expects housing recovery to be "bumpy." Says demand will come back when buyers no longer fear price drops. Says has pricing power in CA, NYC, Dallas. Says looking to expand City Living into new markets.
14:35 EDTTOLToll Brothers sees accelerating community count growth into FY16
Says "very excited" about FY16. Expects more community growth in FY15, FY16. Says lacks pricing power to improve margins. Says FY15 city living to fall roughly 15% in dollars. Says will be "opportunistic" in regard to share repurchases.
14:23 EDTTOLToll Brothers sees FY15 gross margins roughly flat vs. FY14
Sees 270-310 communities at end of FY15. Sees FY15 tax rate 36%. Sees drop in city living condo sales in FY15, but expects recovery in FY16. Expects improving operating margins, deliveries in FY16. Expects housing recovery to continue for many years. Comments from company's Q4 earnings conference call.
09:27 EDTHOVHovnanian reports Q4 EPS $1.95, may not compare to consensus 21c
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07:26 EDTPHMPulteGroup price target raised to $26 from $23 at Susquehanna
Susquehanna raised its price target on PulteGroup to reflect the company's current return profile, which has done better than its historic average. Susquehanna reiterated its Positive rating on PulteGroup shares.
05:31 EDTTOLToll Brothers expects to deliver 5,000-6,000 homes in FY15
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05:25 EDTTOLToll Brothers reports Q4 EPS 71c, consensus 73c
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December 9, 2014
15:18 EDTTOL, HOVNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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December 8, 2014
14:30 EDTPHMPulteGroup December volatility elevated into investor day
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