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March 12, 2014
10:16 EDTBZH, RYL, FMCC, PHM, DHI, HOV, FNMA, TOL, KBH, LEN, MDC, WLHHomebuilders 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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April 17, 2015
16:40 EDTFMCC, FNMAEssent Group says well positioned under PMIERs
Essent Group (ESNT) reported that the Federal Housing Finance Agency publicly released the final Private Mortgage Insurer Eligibility Requirements. The PMIERs represent the standards by which private mortgage insurers are eligible to provide mortgage insurance on loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC), and are designed to ensure that approved mortgage insurers maintain sufficient, high-quality assets to pay claims in a stressful environment. As of March 31, Essent had sufficient assets in its insurance companies to meet the total risk-based required asset amount of the final PMIERs as published. “We have been very supportive of the risk-based capital framework underlying the PMIERs and strongly believe that sound standards which are transparent and consistently enforced strengthen our industry,” said Mark Casale, Chairman and CEO. “Now that they are final, the PMIERs will serve as an important set of national standards that give industry counterparties more transparency into the claims paying capacity of private mortgage insurance companies, including Essent.” “Based in part on Essent’s strong capital levels and the exceptional credit quality of our portfolio,” Casale added, “we believe that Essent is well positioned under the PMIERs to continue to serve the growing demand for private mortgage insurance.”
16:16 EDTFMCCFreddie Mac says revised eligibility standards to promote counterparty strength
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April 15, 2015
09:02 EDTKBHKB Home acquires land for 128 new homes in San Antonio
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April 13, 2015
10:02 EDTHOVHovnanian management to meet with Sidoti
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April 9, 2015
10:00 EDTPHMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:49 EDTPHM, BZH, RYLPulteGroup, Meritage cut to sell at JPMorgan on profit taking call
JPMorgan downgraded both PulteGroup (PHM) and Meritage Homes (MTH) to Underweight from Neutral saying the homebuilders are vulnerable to a pullback over the next six months following their strong year-to-date performance. Underweight is JPMorgan’s equivalent to a sell rating. The firm recommends taking some profits in the sector ahead the Q1 earnings reports amid what it sees as "overly positive" investor sentiment. It thinks homebuilders are "highly unlikely" to raise their 2015 gross margin guidance on the Q1 earnings calls. JPMorgan keeps a $21 price target on shares of PulteGroup and dropped its target for Meritage Homes to $38 from $43. Its only Overweight rated name in the space is Ryland Group (RYL).
06:24 EDTPHMPulteGroup downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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April 8, 2015
09:05 EDTKBHKB Home says loss on FL water intrusion issues could exceed accrual amount
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05:50 EDTDHIStocks with implied volatility movement; SD DHI
Stocks with implied volatility movement; SandRidge Energy (SD) 91, D.R. Horton (DHI) 37 according to iVolatility.
April 7, 2015
07:21 EDTFNMA, FMCCThe Cato Institute holds a discussion
Peter J. Wallison, author of "Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World’s Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again", and John C. Weicher, Center for Housing & Financial Markets, examine and debate causes and consequences of what caused the 2008 financial crisis in a discussion being held in Washington, D.C. on April 7 at 12 pm. Webcast Link

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