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January 19, 2014
00:13 EDTBZH, MDC, PHM, KBH, TOL, DHI, RYL, LEN, HOV, HUN, AXLL, USGHomebuilders, suppliers may benefit as young buyers emerge, Barron's says
Given the improving economic conditions, young adults may increasingly be able to become homebuyers, which is good news for builders as well as makers of building materials like USG (USG), Axiall (AXLL), and Huntsman (HUN), according to the chief investment officer at Advisors Capital Management, Charles Lieberman, reported Barron's. Reference Link
News For USG;AXLL;HUN;DHI;PHM;HOV;TOL;MDC;LEN;KBH;BZH;RYL From The Last 14 Days
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January 13, 2015
11:45 EDTKBHKB Home says many served markets remain 'sluggish' in pace of recovery
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11:44 EDTHOV, KBH, RYL, TOL, LEN, PHM, MDC, BZH, DHIHomebuilders decline after KB says won't hit 2015 housing margin goal
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11:40 EDTKBHKB Home says won't reach housing gross profit margin goal in 2015
Says "still much work to do be done" to achieve financial goals going forward. Says experienced softening in demand in some served markets as Q4 progressed, faced cost pressure. Views Q4 adjusted housing gross margin "disappointing."Sees Q1 gross margin down "significantly" from year-ago period, will improve sequentially for remaining three quarters of year. Says will not reach housing gross profit margin goal in 2015. Says believes sales rate per community will not increase until company achieves gross profit margin goals. Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call. KB Home shares are down 6.64% to $15.49 in late morning trading.
10:00 EDTHUNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:32 EDTKBHKB Home reports backlog at November 30 of 2,909 homes
The company’s backlog at November 30, 2014 was comprised of 2,909 homes, up 14% from 2,557 homes in backlog at November 30, 2013. Potential future housing revenues in backlog grew 34% to $914.0 million at November 30, 2014 from $682.5 million at November 30, 2013. Fourth quarter net orders increased 10% to 1,706 from 1,556 for the year-earlier quarter, reflecting the company’s higher average community count and its emphasis on balancing home selling prices and sales pace to optimize the performance of its new home communities.
08:31 EDTKBHKB Home reports Q4 EPS $8.36, including income tax benefit
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07:43 EDTHUNHuntsman upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust
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January 12, 2015
15:26 EDTKBHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include IHS Inc. (IHS), consensus $1.55; KB Home (KBH), consensus 57c.
10:00 EDTDHI, TOL, MDCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTRYL, MDC, DHI, KBHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded at BMO Capital... Aimco (AIV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Alon USA Energy (ALJ) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... AvalonBay (AVB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CBS (CBS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... China Mobile (CHL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at ... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded at KeyBanc... Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Diamond Resorts (DRII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... FMC Corporation (FMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... HomeAway (AWAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... LabCorp (LH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... M.D.C. Holdings (MDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded at RBC Capital... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Peugeot (PUGOY) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Radware (RDWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded at BB&T... Ryland Group (RYL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Solera (SLH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Positive from Mixed at OTR Global... Vale (VALE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Volvo (VOLVY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Windstream (WIN) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee.
08:50 EDTTOLToll Brothers downgraded at KeyBanc
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08:48 EDTDHID.R. Horton upgraded at KeyBanc
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07:51 EDTRYLRyland Group upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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07:50 EDTMDCM.D.C. Holdings upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James believes President Obama's announcement last week to materially lower FHA mortgage insurance premiums along with other comments indicate a shift in the mortgage financing environment and a turning point in the housing recovery. As a result, Raymond James upgraded D.R. Horton (DHI), KB Home (KBH), MDC Holdings (MDC), Ryland (RYL), and Standard Pacific (SPF) to Outperform from Neutral. MDC Holdings price target is $31.
07:50 EDTKBHKB Home upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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07:49 EDTDHID.R. Horton upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James believes President Obama's announcement last week to materially lower FHA mortgage insurance premiums along with other comments indicate a shift in the mortgage financing environment and a turning point in the housing recovery. As a result, Raymond James upgraded D.R. Horton (DHI), KB Home (KBH), MDC Holdings (MDC), Ryland (RYL), and Standard Pacific (SPF) to Outperform from Neutral. D.R. Horton Price target is $30.
07:06 EDTDHID.R. Horton downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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06:52 EDTDHID.R. Horton upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc
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06:52 EDTMDCM.D.C. Holdings downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBanc
06:52 EDTTOLToll Brothers downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc
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