Tue, May 19, 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)
Fri, May 15, 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
Fri, May 8, 11:59 AM
- The market is currently undervaluing Lennar's (LEN +2.4%) FivePoint Communities subsidiary, says Barclays, upgrading to Overweight with $53 price target from Equalweight and $45.
- FivePoint Communities website
- Following a two-day tour of FivePoint, the team at Barclays things the four large projects are "among the industry's most impressive land assets, and highlight the company's expertise in managing public-private partnerships, and navigating an extremely difficult and complicated path to entitling parcels."
- Barclays places a value on those four projects of $11.27 per share, "substantially more than we believe most analysts have assumed."
- Lennar's Rialto subsidiary should also be valued separately, says Barclays, since it represents a materially different stream of revenues and income than from traditional homebuilding.
Thu, Apr. 23, 10:17 AM
- PulteGroup earlier reported disappointing results which included slimming margins and muted price gains. The stock is lower by 8% in morning action.
- Minutes ago, HUD reported a far larger-than-expected slowdown in new home sales in March - with the South leading the retreat (gotta be the weather?).
- Toll Brothers (TOL -2.3%), Hovnanian (HOV -1.2%), Lennar (LEN -2.1%), Ryland (RYL -3%), D.R. Horton (DHI -3.4%), KB Home (KBH -3.5%), Beazer Homes (BZH -3%), Standard Pacific (SPF -2.8%).
- Previously: PulteGroup -7.8% as Q1 results disappoint (April 23)
- Previously: South leads big decline in new home sales (April 23)
Wed, Apr. 22, 10:52 AM
- D.R. Horton posted better-than-expected number for FQ2 (ended March 31), and calls the spring season so far a strong one. Management, however, slightly trimmed its guidance on operating margins for FQ3, and the stock is now lower by 4.8% on the session.
- Previously: Investors take profits after D.R. Horton beat (April 22)
- Lennar (LEN -0.8%), Ryland (RYL -0.9%), PulteGroup (PHM -1.8%), KB Home (KBH -0.9%), Toll Brothers (TOL -1.5%), Standard Pacific (SPF -1.2%)
- ETFs: ITB, XHB
- Previously: Treasury prices retreat after home sales number (April 22)
Thu, Apr. 16, 11:06 AM
- Housing starts bounced just 2% to 926K in March following February's supposedly weather-related plunge. Expectations had been for a 1.05M starts in March. Gains in the northeast and midwest in March were offset by declines in the south and west.
- Toll Brothers (TOL -2.4%), Lennar (LEN -2.1%), Hovnanian (HOV -2.8%), PulteGroup (PHM -2%), Ryland (RYL -2.7%), D.R. Horton (DHI -2%), KB Home (KBH -1.9%), Standard Pacific (SPF -2.7%), NVR (NVR -1.3%).
- Previously: Lame rebound for housing starts (April 16)
- Previously: Declines in the south and west hold back housing starts (April 16)
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%).
- Full report
- 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, 7:38 AM
- FQ1 (ended Feb. 28) income of $115M or $0.50 per share vs. $78.1M and $0.35 one year ago.
- Home deliveries of 4,302 up 19%% Y/Y/
- New orders of 5,287 homes up 18%; new order dollar value of $1.8B up 24%.
- Backlogs of 6,817 homes up 20%; dollar value of $2.4B up 24%.
- Homebuilding operating income of $207.6M up 28%. Gross margin on home sales of 23.1%. Operating margin of 11.7%.
- Financial services operating income of $15.5M vs. $4.5M. Rialto operating income of $4.6M vs. $2.6M.
- "Early signals from this year's spring selling season indicate that the housing market is improving, and disappointing single family starts and permits numbers should rebound shortly."
- Earnings call at 11 ET
- Previously: Lennar beats by $0.05, beats on revenue (March 19)
- LEN +2% premarket
Mon, Mar. 9, 8:30 AM
- The team takes profits at Lennar (NYSE:LEN) - downgrading to Neutral from Buy after a 33% run higher over the last seven months, and moves the money into PulteGroup (NYSE:PHM) with an upgrade to Buy from Neutral. For its part, Pulte is higher by about 20% over the same time frame.
- LEN -0.7%, PHM +0.5% premarket
- Previously: Homebuilders upgraded at JMP Securities (March 9)
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%)
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)
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Lennar Corp is a homebuilder and a provider of financial services. Its homebuilding operations include the construction and sale of single-family attached and detached homes, and to a lesser extent multi-level residential buildings.
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