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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).
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July 31, 2015
16:10 EDTFMCCFreddie Mac further reduces seriously delinquent loans from portfolio
Freddie Mac announced it sold via auction 3,577 deeply delinquent non-performing loans from its mortgage investment portfolio on July 28th, with an aggregate unpaid principal balance of $591M. The transaction is expected to settle in September, 2015 and the sale is part of Freddie Mac's Standard Pool Offerings. These loans have been delinquent for approximately three years, on average. Given the deep delinquency status of the loans, the borrowers have likely been evaluated previously for or are already in various stages of loss mitigation, including modification or other alternatives to foreclosure, or are in foreclosure. Mortgages that were previously modified and subsequently became delinquent comprise approximately 28% of the aggregate pool balance.
July 30, 2015
08:13 EDTRYLRyland Group sees Standard Pacific deal closing in early fall
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08:12 EDTRYLRyland Group reports Q2 EPS 75c, consensus 72c
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July 28, 2015
10:28 EDTDHID.R. Horton says housing getting better
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10:24 EDTDHID.R. Horton sees 2016 revenue growth driven by volume, price
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10:20 EDTDHID.R. Horton sees FY16 consolidated revenue up 10%-15%
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10:20 EDTDHID.R. Horton says sales trends 'solid' in July
Sees Q4 backlog conversion rate 81%-84%. Sees Q4 home sales gross margin in high 19%-20% range. Sees Q4 homebuilding SG&A 8.7%-8.9% of homebuilding revenues. Says sales trends "solid" in July. Sees Q4 Financial Services operating margin 35%-40%. Sees Q4 tax rate 35%-36%. Sees Q4 average selling price $285,000-$290,000. Comments made on the Q3 earnings conference call. D.R. Horton is down 0.52% to $26.60 in morning trading.
07:05 EDTDHID.R. Horton says well-positioned to finish FY strong, have even stronger FY16
07:05 EDTDHID.R. Horton reports Q3 EPS 60c, consensus 50c
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July 27, 2015
10:13 EDTPHMHigh option volume stocks
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July 23, 2015
06:35 EDTPHMPulteGroup reports Q2 EPS 28c, consensus 26c
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July 22, 2015
16:25 EDTWLHWilliam Lyon Homes promotes of Matthew Zaist to co-CEO
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15:26 EDTPHMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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July 21, 2015
09:07 EDTFNMAEllie Mae, Fannie Mae expand strategic partnership
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