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March 4, 2014
08:24 EDTPHMPulteGroup management to meet with UBS
Meetings to be held in Glasgow/Edinburgh on March 4 hosted by UBS.
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June 19, 2015
14:26 EDTPHMHomebuilders advance after KB Home reports earnings
Shares of homebuilder stocks are rallying in a down market after group member KB Home (KBH) reported second quarter EPS of 10c on revenue of $623M, beating consensus estimates of 8c and $619M, respectively. Net orders grew 33% to 3,015 in the current quarter, compared to 2,269 in the year-earlier quarter, largely driven by expansion in the company’s average community count. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading KB Home is up about 10% to $16.46. Other homebuilder stocks are moving up as well, with DR Horton (DHI) and PulteGroup (PHM) each up about 2% and Lennar (LEN) up 3%.
June 15, 2015
12:30 EDTPHMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street opened deep in negative territory, following the lead of European markets that slid after the Greek debt talks over the weekend fell apart without a deal. Another round of poor economic data, including lower than expected readings on industrial production and manufacturing in New York State, did not help the negative tone in the early going. The market began to cut its losses shortly after the open and received a boost from a homebuilder sentiment index that came in higher than expected. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire manufacturing report for June had a reading of -1.98, versus expectations for a +6.0 reading. Industrial production declined 0.2% in May, versus expectations for a 0.2% increase in production, sending capacity utilization in the month down to 78.1%, versus expectations for 78.3% utilization. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index jumped to 59 in June from 54 in May, which was above the expected increase to a reading of 56. In Europe, talks between Greece and its creditors, including eurozone states, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, appeared to go nowhere. The expiration of its bailout package and debt repayments due at the end of the month continue to move closer and concerns about a possible default that could trigger an exit from the euro are rising once again. COMPANY NEWS: United Technologies (UTX) slid more than 2% after announcing that it will pursue the separation of the Sikorsky Aircraft business and that a decision on whether helicopter maker will be spun off or sold is expected by the end of the third quarter. In conjunction with the announcement, United Technologies also lowered its FY15 EPS view to $6.55-$6.85 from $6.85-$7.05, explaining that the cut in its expectations reflects approximately 10c-20c of one-time separation costs along with a 10c decline in Sikorsky's operational expectations for the year due to weakness in the oil and gas markets... CVS Health (CVS) struck a deal to acquire Target's (TGT) more than 1,660 pharmacies and operate them through a store-within-a-store format. As part of the deal, a CVS/pharmacy will be included in all new Target stores that offer pharmacy services, the companies added. CVS will buy Target's pharmacy and clinic businesses for approximately $1.9B and said it expects this transaction to generate significant sales and prescription volumes upon closing and to generate significant operating profit over the long term. CVS shares were fractionally higher/lower after the deal announcement, while Target shares rose more than 1%... Cigna (CI) shares surged and 12% higher after The Wall Street Journal said the company turned down a recent $175 per share takeover bid from peer Anthem (ANTM). The report follows a prior Wall Street Journal story that said Humana (HUM) was being eyed by rivals including Cigna and Aetna (AET). Humana has subsequently self-imposed a "quiet period" leading up to its earnings report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was DealerTrack (TRAK), which jumped 57% after the company agreed to be acquired by Cox Automotive in an all-cash deal valued at $4B, or $63.25 per share. Also higher were Standard Pacific (SPF) and Ryland Group (RYL), which both advanced around 6% after the two jointly announced plans to combine in a "merger of equals" to create a single company that would have an equity market capitalization of approximately $5.2B, an enterprise value of approximately $8.2B, and would own or control roughly 74,000 homesites. The combined company, which will be 59% owned by current Standard Pacific shareholders and 41% owned by Ryland shareholders, will become the fourth-largest public U.S. homebuilder, behind D.R. Horton (DHI), Lennar (LEN) and PulteGroup (PHM). Among the noteworthy losers was iDreamSky (DSKY), which fell 10% after announcing that its board has received a preliminary non-binding proposal letter from the chairman of the board and CEO of the company to acquire it in a "going private" deal for $14 in cash per ADS. Also lower was Micron (MU), which dropped 4% after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock to Underweight, becoming the second firm since last week to cut the stock to a sell or equivalent rating. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 118.91, or 0.66%, to 17,779.93, the Nasdaq was down 28.85, or 0.57%, to 5,022.26, and the S&P 500 was down 10.17, or 0.49%, to 2,083.94.
11:47 EDTPHMHomebuilders escape broader selloff after merger, sentiment reading jump
Shares of homebuilding stocks are advancing today, bucking the trend in an otherwise weak day in the broader market. The relative strength follows a merger deal in the space and a better than expected sentiment reading. WHAT'S NEW: California homebuilders Standard Pacific (SPF) and Ryland Group (RYL) jointly announced last night that they will be combining in a merger of equals to create a single company that would have an equity market capitalization of approximately $5.2B, an enterprise value of approximately $8.2B, and would own or control approximately 74,000 homesites. In the 12 months ended March 31, the pro forma combined company delivered more than 12,600 homes in the aggregate with combined pro forma revenues of $5.1B. At the time of the merger, Standard Pacific will implement a 1-for-5 reverse stock split, so that each 5 shares of Standard Pacific common stock will be combined into 1 share of Standard Pacific common stock. After giving effect to the reverse stock split, Ryland shareholders will receive 1.0191 shares of Standard Pacific common stock for each share of Ryland common stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Also contributing to the rally in homebuiding stocks is the release, earlier today, of the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index, which jumped five points to a level of 59, the highest reading since September of 2014. The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months. “The HMI indices measuring current and future sales expectations are at their highest levels since the last quarter of 2005, indicating a growing optimism among builders that housing will continue to strengthen in the months ahead,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Standard Pacific are up over 6%, while Ryland Group shares are up almost 6% in late morning trading. The entire group is outpacing the market this morning, with shares of DR Horton (DHI) up almost 1%, Lennar (LEN) up 1%, PulteGroup (PHM) up 1.3%, Hovnanian Enterprises (HOV) up nearly 2% and KB Home (KBH) up fractionally.

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