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March 12, 2014
10:16 EDTTOL, BZH, DHI, LEN, RYL, HOV, MDC, FMCC, FNMA, WLH, PHM, KBHHomebuilders fall following Credit Suisse downgrades
Shares of a number of homebuilders are sinking after Credit Suisse downgraded three companies in the sector, saying that the spring selling season looks set to be "underwheliming." WHAT'S NEW: Credit Suisse analyst Daniel Oppenheim wrote that the firm's survey of real estate agents last month indicates that demand for housing was weak. Buyer traffic fell compared with January and February 2013, the analyst stated. Homebuilders' gross margins are likely to drop in the first half of 2014 and their stocks generally reflect optimistic outlooks, added the analyst. As a result, he downgraded three names in the sector - Toll Brothers (TOL), PulteGroup (PHM), and William Lyon Homes (WLH) - to Neutral from Outperform. Oppenheim expects the companies' orders and gross margins to rise this year, but he predicts that the sector's margins will inch down slightly next year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Also possibly weighing on the sector is news that two key senators have reached a deal to wind down and eliminate Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC), which buy mortgages from lenders. The top Democrat and the top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee yesterday said they had agreed on a plan to dismantle the two companies and replace them with a system that would force the private sector to shoulder more of the risk of mortgages. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Toll Brothers fell 3% to $36.85, PulteGroup dropped 2.7% to $19.40, and William Lyon retreated 3% to $29. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded homebuilders include Beazer Homes (BZH), D.R. Horton (DHI), Hovnanian (HOV), KB Home (KBH), Lennar (LEN), M.D.C. Holdings (MDC), and Ryland Group (RYL).
News For TOL;PHM;WLH;FNMA;FMCC;MDC;HOV;RYL;LEN;DHI;BZH;KBH From The Last 14 Days
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October 30, 2014
06:12 EDTMDCM.D.C. Holdings reports Q3 EPS 32c, may not compare to consensus 50c
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October 24, 2014
18:52 EDTFNMAFannie Mae reaches shareholder lawsuit settlement for $170M, Reuters reports
Fannie Mae has settled a shareholder lawsuit for $170M, Reuters reports. The settlement will pay $123.8M to common stockholders and $46.2M to preferred stockholders between November 8, 2006, and September 5, 2008, Reuters added. The lawsuit accused Fannie Mae of defrauding its shareholders and pumping its stock by issuing false and misleading statements during the 2008 financial crisis. Reference Link
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
15:08 EDTFNMA, FMCCHousing regulator reveals plan to ease tight credit, NY Times says
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13:40 EDTFNMAFannie Mae appoints Brian Brooks general counsel
Fannie Mae announced it has appointed Brian P. Brooks as EVP, general counsel, and corporate secretary effective November 10. Brooks joins Fannie Mae from OneWest Bank where he was vice chairman and chief legal officer. Reference Link
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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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 19, 2014
16:17 EDTFNMA, FMCCFannie Mae, Freddie Mac near deal to loosen lending, WSJ says
Fannie Mae (FNMA), Freddie Mac (FMCC) together with mortgage lenders are near to an arrangement that would lower barriers and lending standards on home buyers with weak credit, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
12:26 EDTFNMA, FMCCFannie Mae, Freddie Mac close to deal to boost mortgage lending, WSJ reports
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October 16, 2014
07:03 EDTFMCCThe FDIC to hold a symposium
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