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Tue, Mar. 24, 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%).
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- Previously: New home sales fly past expectations in February (March 24)
Fri, Mar. 20, 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)
Thu, Mar. 19, 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%
Tue, Mar. 17, 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.
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- ITB -1.4%, XHB no trades premarket
- Previously: Gotta be the weather ... housing starts tumble (March 17)
Tue, Feb. 24, 11:09 AM
- Toll Brothers cruised past FQ1 estimates and boosted guidance, and Meritage Homes reported big increases in new orders in January. Both of those names are ahead more than 3%.
- ETFs: ITB +1.85%, XHB +1.1%
- Others: Lennar (LEN +2.5%), PulteGroup (PHM +1.7%), Hovnanian (HOV +1.4%), Ryland (RYL +1.8%), KB Home (KBH +2%), Standard Pacific (SPF +3%), D.R. Horton (DHI +1.4%).
Mon, Feb. 23, 10:51 AM
- Existing home sales fell more than forecast in January, sliding to the lowest seasonally-adjusted annualized rate since April.
- Previously: Treasury yields head south following soft home sales report (Feb. 23)
- Compass Point throws in the towel on its Outperform calls on Standard Pacific (SPF -1.2%) and Beazer Homes (BZH -1.4%), downgrading both to Neutral.
- ETFs: ITB -0.7%, XHB -0.15%
- Toll Brothers (TOL -0.5%), Lennar (LEN -1%), Hovnanian (HOV -2.5%), PulteGroup (PHM -0.7%), Ryland (RYL -1.3%), D.R. Hoton (DHI -0.8%).
Fri, Feb. 6, 3:05 PM
- With the 10-year Treasury yield ahead by 12 basis points to 1.94% and short-term interest rate futures moving quickly to price in one more rate hike this year, the homebuilder names are instead choosing to focus on the strongest 3-months of job growth in this country in nearly 20 years.
- Previously: Rate hike expectations to shift after big jobs report? (Feb. 6)
- The ITB is up 1.95% and the XHB - more weighted towards suppliers rather than homebuilders - is up 0.6%.
- Toll Brothers (TOL +0.9%), Lennar (LEN +3%), Hovnanian (HOV +1.7%), Ryland (RYL +1.7%), D.R. Horton (DHI +2.2%), KB Home (KBH +2.8%).
- Standard Pacific (SPF +5.7%) is the strongest of the bunch after beating Q4 estimates last night. Net new orders of 978 in Q4 rose 11% Y/Y, with the ASP up 10% to $491K.
- Previously: Standard Pacific beats by $0.01, beats on revenue (Feb. 5)
Thu, Jan. 29, 10:18 AM
- Both PulteGroup (PHM +5.3%) and Ryland (RYL +3.8%) beat earnings estimates, with Ryland's gross margins nicely higher, but Pulte's slimming some.
- Pending home sales unexpectedly cooled in December, but Y/Y comps are starting to get easier, and the 11.7% Y/Y gain was the highest since June 2013.
- ETFs: ITB +2.2%, XHB +1.3%
- Toll Brothers (TOL +3%), Hovnanian (HOV +2.1%), Lennar (LEN +2.9%), D.R. Horton (DHI +3.6%), KB Home (KBH +4.9%), Beazer Homes (BZH +2.9%).
- Previously: PulteGroup edges higher after earnings beat (Jan. 29)
- Previously: Ryland selling prices and margins rise from last year (Jan. 29)
- Previously: Pending home sales unexpectedly drop (Jan. 29)
Mon, Jan. 26, 10:49 AM
- D.R. Horton (DHI +7.4%) earlier reported FQ1 (ending Dec. 31) results which beat estimates and also said the sales pace has picked up in January.
- On the earnings call, management guides for 2015 gross margins of roughly 20% - earlier this month, both Lennar and KB Home warned on margins in 2015.
- ITB +1.7%, XHB +1.3%
- Lennar (LEN +2.7%), KB Home (KBH +1.7%), Toll Brothers (TOL +1.4%), Hovnanian (HOV +2.2%), PulteGroup (PHM +1.9%), Ryland (RYL +1.5%)
Tue, Jan. 20, 9:43 AM
- Hovnanian (HOV -5%), M/I Homes (MHO -3.1%), and Taylor Morrison (TMHC -4.3%) are all cut at JMP Securities, with MHO and TMHC now Market Performs, and HOV now Underperform.
- Credit Suisse, meanwhile, also cuts Taylor Morrison. Alongside, the team downgrades Ryland Group (RYL -3.2%), Meritage Homes (MTH -3.4%), and PulteGroup (PHM -3.3%) to Underperform, noting margin declines (see KB Home and Lennar earnings) and a slowdown in Texas thanks to oil's plunge.
- There's one upgrade, and that's NVR (NVR), which is boosted to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse.
- ETFs: ITB, XHB
- Previously: KB Home: "Work to be done" to meet goals; -12.6% (Jan. 13)
- Previously: Lennar leads homebuilders lower after earnings (Jan. 15)
Thu, Jan. 15, 11:31 AM
- The company earlier reported bottom-line results which beat estimates, but the top line slightly missed.
- FQ4 (ending Nov. 30) deliveries of 6,950 homes gained 23% from a year ago. New orders of 5,492 homes up 22%, up 24% in dollar terms. ASP of $329K vs. $307K a year ago. Incentives of 23.1K per home, or 6.6% of home sales revenue vs. $20.6K and 6.3% a year ago.
- Backlogs of 5,832 homes up 21%, up 22% in dollar terms.
- Gross margins of 25.6% fell 120 basis points from a year ago. Operating margin of 16% down 90 bps.
- Like KB Home earlier this week, Lennar (LEN -4%) warns of lower gross margins for fiscal 2015.
- ITB -2.9%, XHB -2.2%
- Toll Brothers (TOL -2.7%), Hovnanian (HOV -5.3%), D.R. Horton (DHI -4.9%), Ryland (RYL -4.7%), KB Home (KBH -5.5%), Pulte (PHM -4.3%) M.D.C. Holdings (MDC -5.9%), NVR (NVR -2.5%), Standard Pacific (SPF -3.2%)
- Previously: Lennar beats by $0.11, misses on revenue (Jan. 15)
Tue, Jan. 13, 12:03 PM
- Demand in some of its markets deteriorated as Q4 progressed, says KB Home (KBH -12.6%) management on the earnings call, and gross margins in Q1 are expected to be down "significantly" from the year-ago level.
- Pressed by analysts on the comments, management says it expects Q1 will be a low point for the year, with sequential improvement to follow. Not wanting to put too fine of a number on what it expects margins to be this year, management says achieving the 20% long-term target is unlikely.
- Webcast here
- Previously: Homebuilders whacked as KB Home starts earnings call (Jan. 13)
- ETFs: ITB -1.5%, XHB -0.3% - XHB's better performance reflects its higher focus on building suppliers, rather than homebuilders.
Tue, Jan. 13, 11:48 AM
- Up earlier after reporting a strong FQ4, KB Home (KBH -12.2%) goes into the tank as the earnings call begins and management warns on margins.
- Webcast here
- Some homebuilders are red, some are green, but all are well off session highs in sympathy: Hovnanian (HOV -2.7%), D.R. Horton (DHI -2.3%), Toll Brothers (TOL +0.3%), PulteGroup (PHM -0.6%), Ryland (RYL +0.2%)
- ETFs: ITB, XHB
- Previously: KB Home up 4.4% after strong FQ4 results (Jan. 13)
Wed, Jan. 7, 11:04 AM
- Bloomberg is reporting the president as set to announce a 50 basis point reduction in FHA fees to 0.85% at an event in Phoenix tomorrow. The news isn't good for private mortgage insurers who have been happily raking in market share gains at the expense of the government agency, but the homebuilders are a different story.
- Previously: Mortgage insurers tumble on report of cut in FHA premiums (Jan. 7)
- ETFs: ITB +3%, XHB +2.5%
- Toll Brothers (TOL +2.7%), Lennar (LEN +3.8%), D.R. Horton (DHI +4%), Ryland (RYL +2.9%), KB Home (KBH +2.5%), Hovnanian (HOV +3.6%), PulteGroup (PHM +3.9%).
Dec. 23, 2014, 10:15 AM
- November new home sales at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 438K were off 1.6% from the previous month, and also lower by 1.6% from a year ago.
- A longer-term chart shows the current amount of new home sales to be at a level associated with the bottom of the deep recession of the early 1990s. There's also a pretty wide divergence between the confidence level of homebuilders (surging upward) and the path of new home sales.
- ITB +0.7%, XHB +0.9% on today's session.
- Previously: New home sales disappoint in November (Dec. 23)
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