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March 12, 2014
10:16 EDTDHI, HOV, FNMA, TOL, KBH, LEN, MDC, WLH, BZH, RYL, FMCC, PHMHomebuilders 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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March 20, 2015
07:47 EDTTOLToll Brothers management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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March 19, 2015
15:28 EDTKBHKB Home March 14 straddle priced for 5.9% movement into Q1
15:19 EDTKBHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:55 EDTRYLRyland Group management to meet with Sterne Agee
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11:52 EDTLENLennar says "enthusiastic" about prospects for Rialto
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11:23 EDTLENLennar sees strong top, bottom line growth for 2015
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11:22 EDTLENLennar says still on track to deliver 23,500-24,000 homes for 2015
Still expects apartment unit to be profitable for FY. Says still on track to deliver 23,500-24,000 homes for 2015. Severe weather conditions has delayed some construction activities, will slightly reduce backlog conversion ratio. Still expects gross margins for FY to average 24%, Q4 highest gross margin percent for year. Says increasing goal for financial services for FY due to strong refinance environment, now expects to earn $95M-$100M for FY. Sees FY range of profits for Rialto $30M-$40M for FY, heavily weighted to Q4. Sees FY15 effective tax rate in mid-34% range. Says active community count on track to hit 675 by end of 2015.
11:10 EDTLENLennar says housing market continuing slow, steady recovery
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07:36 EDTTOLToll Brothers management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in Frankfurt on March 19 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
06:03 EDTLENLennar reports Q1 EPS 50c, consensus 45c
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March 18, 2015
15:20 EDTLENNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:13 EDTLENLennar March volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Lennar March call option implied volatility is at 84, April is at 33, May is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 31 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on March 19.
12:44 EDTKBHKB Home March volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
KB Home March call option implied volatility is at 96, April is at 43, July is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 35 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on March 20.
11:36 EDTFMCCOcwen intends to sell $9.6B portfolio of mortgage servicing rights to Green Tree
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07:39 EDTTOLToll Brothers management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meetings to be held in Geneva/Zurich on March 18 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
07:22 EDTFMCC, FNMAFreddie Mac, Fannie Mae could need more bailouts, WSJ says
Freddie Mac (FMCC) and Fannie Mae (FNMA) might be at risk of needing additional bailouts, due to weak Q4 earnings, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a watchdog. Reference Link
March 17, 2015
13:10 EDTFNMAJPMorgan could acquire Ocwen's Fannie MSR portfolio, IMF reports
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08:26 EDTFMCC, FNMAFreddie Mac, Fannie Mae begin legal battle against Nomura, RBS, NY Post says
Freddie Mac (FMCC) and Fannie Mae (FNMA) alleged in court proceedings Monday that they bought "bad" mortgages because they were mislead by banks, reports the New York Post, citing court arguments. Monday was the first day of the lawsuit against Nomura (NMR) and co-defendant Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) which seeks $1B in damages as well as the ability to return the securities to the banks. Lawyers presented internal bank emails that identified some mortgages as "crap" or from "extremely dysfunctional" lenders, while the banks alleged that they fully disclosed the poor quality of the products. Reference Link
March 13, 2015
15:19 EDTKBHKB Home March volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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13:46 EDTLENLennar March volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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