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  • Jun. 16, 2015, 8:45 AM
    • The headline number for May housing starts shows an unexpectedly steep 11.1% decline to 1.036M, but April's 1.17M rate was revised higher from 1.14M, taking some of the sting out of the miss.
    • Single-family starts in May of 680K slipped 5.4% from April.
    • May building permits of 1.275M gained 11.8% from April and are at their highest level since August 2007.
    • Homebuilder ETFs: ITB, XHB
    | Jun. 16, 2015, 8:45 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 15, 2015, 8:25 AM
    • “We’re not going to have 22 publicly traded companies that are significant enough in size to have good liquidity," says John Burns, who heads a homebuilding research firm, predicting more consolidation in the industry.
    • Standard Pacific (NYSE:SPF) CEO Scott Stowell - who will be the chief of the combined company: “We’re out in front of what we think will be a wave of consolidation in our industry."
    • The two builders have little in the way of overlap, reports the WSJ, as each has its largest operations where the other doesn't, and Standard Pacific is an upscale homebuilder (ASP of $478K), while Ryland (NYSE:RYL) focuses on those of lower cost (ASP of $333K).
    • SPF +3% premarket
    • Investor presentation and conference call webcast
    • Previously: Homebuilders Standard Pacific, Ryland Group agree to merge (June 14)
    • ETFs: XHB, ITB
    | Jun. 15, 2015, 8:25 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 9, 2015, 10:14 AM
    • The usually sunny Ara Hovnanian found himself unable to put lipstick on his company's pig of a quarter and the stock is lower by 14.4% in early action (the conference call begins at 11 ET).
    • Topping off the poor results, interest rates are back on the rise, with the 10-year Treasury yield hitting a new high for the year at 2.44%.
    • The other homebuilders are acting as if HOV's issues are company-specific: Toll Brothers (TOL -0.2%), Lennar (LEN -0.2%), PulteGroup (PHM -0.6%), D.R. Horton (DHI -0.2%), KB Home (KBH -0.8%), Ryland (RYL -0.6%), Standard Pacific (SPF flat).
    • ETFs: ITB -0.2%, XHB -0.3%
    | Jun. 9, 2015, 10:14 AM | 3 Comments
  • May 27, 2015, 10:43 AM
    | May 27, 2015, 10:43 AM | 1 Comment
  • May 26, 2015, 10:13 AM
    • April sales of 78K in the Midwest were up 36.8% from March. Sales in the South of 292K gained 5.8%; West of 130K -2.3%, and Northeast of 17K down 5.6%.
    • Nationally, new home sales of 517K gained 6.8% from March's revised figure of 484K.
    • The average print for New Home Sales through the first four months of the year is 515K. For all of 2014, it was 440K, for 2013 it was 430K.
    • The homebuilders - (ITB -0.7%), (XHB -0.7%) - are down about inline with a near-1% fall in the major averages.
    • Previously: New home sales bounce in April (May 26)
    | May 26, 2015, 10:13 AM
  • May 19, 2015, 9:06 AM
    • April housing starts at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1.14M were up 20% from March, and the strongest pace since the housing collapse began to pick up pace about eight years ago.
    • Lennar (NYSE:LEN+0.85%, PulteGroup (NYSE:PHM+1.15%, KB Home (NYSE:KBH+1.75%, Ryland (NYSE:RYL+0.2%, D.R. Horton (NYSE:DHI+1.4%, Hovnanian (NYSE:HOV+1.9% premarket.
    • ETFs: ITB, XHB
    • Previously: Housing starts jump in April (May 19)
    | May 19, 2015, 9:06 AM
  • May 15, 2015, 9:07 AM
    • Possibly spooked by the rout in the bond market and what higher interest rates could mean for homebuilders, Raymond James pulls Outperform ratings and cuts price targets on a wide swath of the sector.
    • Ryland Group (NYSE:RYL), Standard Pacific (NYSE:SPG), Pulte Group (NYSE:PHM), M.D.C. Holdings (NYSE:MDC), Lennar (NYSE:LEN), and KB Home (NYSE:KBH) are all cut to Market Perform, while Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL) is cut to Outperform from Strong Buy. It's unclear if D.R. Horton was similarly downgraded, but its price target is cut to $29 from $31.
    • It's been a rough month for the lot of them, with all (excepting M.D.C.) lower by anywhere from 7%-14% as long-term interest rates have shot higher.
    • PHM is down 1.2% premarket
    • ETFs: ITB, XHB
    | May 15, 2015, 9:07 AM | 6 Comments
  • May 14, 2015, 2:25 PM
    • While homebuilder stock prices are pricing in a slowdown in growth, Morgan Stanley's April survey of the group found improving volume and pricing expectations as the spring selling season progresses.
    • Builders were selling for 2.1x book in 2013, but just 1.6x today.
    • Rather than experience a big drop in demand a la 2013 when rates ramped higher, Morgan expects builders would quickly boost incentives or cut prices.
    • The team notes it's first-time homebuyer affordability that's most sensitive to rates, making KB Home (KBH +1.4%) and D.R. Horton (DHI +2.3%) more "at risk" to higher rates thanks to their exposure to this pool.
    • ETFs: ITB, XHB
    | May 14, 2015, 2:25 PM | 2 Comments
  • Apr. 23, 2015, 10:09 AM
    • New homes at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 481K in March were 11.4% below February's revised rate of 543K (originally estimated at 539K). On a year-over-year basis, new home sales rose 19.4%.
    • Northeast sales of 20K fell from 30K in February; Midwest 54K vs. 51K; South 267K vs. 317K; West 140K vs. 145K.
    • The 10-year Treasury yield slips one basis point to 1.97%. TLT +0.2%, TBT -0.35%
    • ITB -1.7%, XHB -0.6%.
    • Full report
    • Previously: PulteGroup -7.8% as Q1 results disappoint (April 23)
    • Previously: New home sales see a sharp decline in March (April 23)
    | Apr. 23, 2015, 10:09 AM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 22, 2015, 10:52 AM
    | Apr. 22, 2015, 10:52 AM | 2 Comments
  • Apr. 16, 2015, 8:41 AM
    • Housing starts bounced just 2% in March to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 926K. This followed February's plunge to 908K (originally reported as 897K). Expectations for March were for a rebound to 1.05M.
    • Single-family starts of 618K in March were up 4.4% from February's revised 592K.
    • Building permits of 1.04M in March fell from 1.1M in February, and were short of expectations of 1.08M.
    • Housing starts in the northeast of 101K rose from 47K in February; in the midwest to 126K from 96K; in the south, they fell to 498K from 516K, and in the west to 201K from 249K.
    • The 10-year Treasury yield is lower by one basis point to 1.88%.
    • ETFs: ITB, XHB
    • Full report
    • Previously: Lame rebound for housing starts (April 16)
    | Apr. 16, 2015, 8:41 AM
  • Mar. 31, 2015, 8:32 AM
    • D.R. Horton (NYSE:DHI) is ahead 0.6% in premarket action as Susquehanna upgrades to Positive from Neutral. The price target is $34.
    • DHI is up 36.5% over the last six months, outperforming the homebuilder ETF (NYSEARCA:ITB) by more than 1K basis points.
    | Mar. 31, 2015, 8:32 AM
  • Mar. 24, 2015, 10:08 AM
    • New home sales in February at a seasonally-adjusted annualized rate of 539K is the fastest pace in seven years. With January's revision up to 500K (from 481K), it's the fist time sales have hit 500K for two or more consecutive months since early 2008.
    • The median sales price rose 2.6% to $275.5K, and inventory stands at 4.7 months of homes on the market at the current sales pace, down from 5.7 months in January.
    • Homebuilder ETFs: ITB +1.1%, XHB +1.1%.
    • Toll Brothers (TOL +1.3%), Hovnanian (HOV +2.9%), Pulte (PHM +1.8%), Ryland (RYL +1.5%), Lennar (LEN +1.7%), KB Home (KBH +2.4%), Standard Pacific (SPF +1.4%).
    • Full report
    • Previously: New home sales fly past expectations in February (March 24)
    | Mar. 24, 2015, 10:08 AM | 7 Comments
  • Mar. 20, 2015, 11:38 AM
    • A good week for the homebuilders gets better after KB Home's FQ1 cruised through estimates, and the company said recently contracting profit margins are set to turn the other way for the rest of the year (the stock's up 7%).
    • ITB +2.3%, XHB +1.6%
    • Toll Brothers (TOL +3.2%), Hovnanian (HOV +2.5%), Lennar (LEN +3.6%), Pulte (PHM +2.8%), M/I Homes (MHO +3.6%), D.R. Horton (DHI +2.1%), Ryland (RYL +2.4%), Standard Pacific (SPF +2.8%).
    • Previously: KB Home on the move after earnings beat, margin comments (March 20)
    | Mar. 20, 2015, 11:38 AM | 3 Comments
  • Mar. 19, 2015, 9:58 AM
    • Showing why it gets the big dollars, Fitch opines that things could get rocky for homebuilders if the Fed hikes interest rates too high, too fast, though reminding that the situation could look decent in the short-term as higher rates could get fence-sitting homebuilders of the schneid.
    • For now, Fitch sticks with its forecast of rate hikes beginning in mid-2015, with the Fed Funds rate hitting 2% by the end of next year.
    • Homebuilders (ITB +1%) are adding to yesterday's post-FOMC gains, helped along today by an earnings beat and positive management comments from Lennar.
    • Previously: Lennar up 2% after strong fiscal first quarter (March 19)
    • Previously: FOMC drops "patient," but sends dovish signal (March 18)
    • XHB +0.7%
    | Mar. 19, 2015, 9:58 AM | 3 Comments
  • Mar. 17, 2015, 8:43 AM
    • February housing starts (at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate) of 47K in the snow-battered Northeast plunged from 108K in January. In the Midwest, they fell to 97K from 154K, in the South to 514K from 527K, and in the West to 239K from 292K.
    • Overall, housing starts of 897K fell 17% from January and 3.3% from a year ago. Single family starts of 593K fell 14.9% from January, and rose marginally from a year ago.
    • Full report
    • ITB -1.4%, XHB no trades premarket
    • Previously: Gotta be the weather ... housing starts tumble (March 17)
    | Mar. 17, 2015, 8:43 AM | 8 Comments
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