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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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September 24, 2014
14:47 EDTFNMAFannie Mae COO Edwards to leave company in 1H15
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11:59 EDTKBHKB Home sees higher backlog conversion rate in Q4 vs.Q3
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11:53 EDTKBHKB Home sees housing recovery steady, will take time to get to historical norm
11:39 EDTKBHKB Home backs FY14 delivery view of 7,200-7,400 homes
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11:38 EDTKBHKB Home says disappointed in performance of closings in Q3
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11:35 EDTKBHKB Home says gaining momentum in community count
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09:05 EDTLEN, RYL, MDC, TOL, HOV, PHM, BZH, DHIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:38 EDTTOL, LEN, PHM, BZH, MDC, RYL, HOV, DHI, KBHKB Home drops 3% to $16.49 after Q3 results miss estimates
KH Home (KBH) peers include Beazer Homes (BZH), D.R. Horton (DHI), Hovnanian (HOV), Lennar (LEN), M.D.C. Holdings (MDC), PulteGroup (PHM), Ryland Group (RYL) and Toll Brothers (TOL).
08:36 EDTKBHKB Home reports potential future housing revenues in backlog up 37%
KB Home said potential future housing revenues in backlog at August 31 grew 37% to $1.1B from $808.5M at August 31, 2013. The company’s backlog at August 31 was comprised of 3,432 homes, up 13% from 3,039 homes in backlog at August 31, 2013. Net orders increased 5% in Q3 to 1,827, up from 1,736 for the year-earlier quarter.
08:34 EDTKBHKB Home reports Q3 EPS 28c, consensus 40c
Reports Q3 revenue $589.2M, consensus $646.76M. The company delivered 1,793 homes in the third quarter, compared to 1,825 homes delivered in the year-earlier quarter. KB said deliveries in the quarter were tempered by delays in construction schedules and customer mortgage loan closings that resulted in some deliveries being deferred to Q4. The overall average selling price rose 9% to $327,000.
September 23, 2014
15:36 EDTKBHKB Homes calls active into Q3 and outlook
KB Homes October and November 17 calls are active into Q3. October call option implied volatility is at 35, November is at 30, January is at 30, April is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on September 24.
15:27 EDTKBHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:07 EDTKBHKB Home technical comments before results
In the past three months returns have been lower than the broader averages, falling by over 2.5%. The trend has been down to sideways in a range largely bounded by $18.50 at the high and $16.50 at the low. Those ranges may help us navigate post-earnings price reactions. A move lower on worse than expected news that breaks the range low at $16.50 might have bearish implications for price thereafter. In the past two years, the $16 level has held as support. Any news which could break that support could lead to further price weakness. Additional downside support would be at $15.16 , $14.32, and $13.19. If the news is positive and exceeds current expectations, we could see a run back to the top of the range at $18.50. On progressively stronger news or outlook, the following resistance levels could become additional upside objectives: $19.34, and $20.78 which is the 52-week high.
September 19, 2014
12:14 EDTKBHKB Homes volatility flat into Q3 and outlook
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September 17, 2014
13:28 EDTFNMA, FMCCWells Fargo eases lending requirements for buying apartments, Financial Times says
Wells Fargo (WFC) is easing lending requirements for apartment purchases, reports the Financial Times. In an interview, the head of Wells Fargo mortgage production Franklin Codel said, “We’re tweaking our condo approvals to make them more consistent with what Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) allow." Reference Link
12:22 EDTLENOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:43 EDTLENLennar sees Q4 gross margins 25%
Says has $5B apartment pipeline. Says sees 600-625 communities at end of year. Still sees 2,100-2,200 homes for 2014. Says doesn't expect to sell more apartments this year. Says "deep in the midst" of investment cycle. Says would consider dividends, buybacks, will keep investing capital for "a couple of years."
11:18 EDTLENLennar says slow housing recovery 'healthy' for company
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07:04 EDTWLHWilliam Lyon Homes files $600M mixed securities shelf
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06:07 EDTLENLennar reports Q3 EPS 78c, consensus 67c
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