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The slaughterhouse that has been the U.S. housing market for the past few months got bloodier on Thursday as several industry leaders reported worse results, July home sales fell more than expected and stocks throughout the sector hit multiyear lows.
How are some home builder CEOs reacting to the current housing market? Donald R. Horton, CEO D.R. Horton: “Market conditions in the homebuilding industry continue to be challenging as inventory levels of both new and existing homes remain at historically high levels. Increased use of sales incentives continues to put pressure on profit margins. In addition, home price appreciation over the past few years, higher interest rates and tightened credit standards in the mortgage industry are all negatively impacting affordability.”
Credit worries and bad news from home builders trumped any positives from the stream of earnings being reported this morning. Wall Street is set up for a steep drop on the opening and the talk in the market focuses on whether the takeover boom is ending.
Beazer Homes USA, facing a deteriorating U.S. housing market and federal investigations into lending practices, posted a quarterly loss on Thursday as the builder took charges for inventory and goodwill impairments and abandonment of land option contracts.
Next week, no fewer than six major public home builders will report their quarterly earnings, all right around the same day that the U.S. Dept. of Commerce reports its New Home Sales data for the month of June. I doubt either will be very heartening for investors.
Speculation that Warren Buffett could buy a stake in Hovnanian sent the homebuilders up. But on "Street Signs" today Cramer explained why there's a more likely target. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
Beazer Homes USA said it fired chief accounting officer Michael Rand due to violations of the company's ethics policy stemming from attempts to destroy documents.
Beazer Homes USA said the U.S. SEC is conducting an informal inquiry to determine if the company or its employees had violated securities laws.
Beazer Homes reported a substantial loss in its fiscal second quarter as sales fell sharply from the same quarter a year ago due to weakness in the U.S. housing market. The company also withdrew its full-year earnings guidance.
Stocks are set to move higher at the opening, with the Dow heading straight for the 13,000 mark. European shares are higher, as the rising euro closes in on its all-time high against the dollar. Overnight, Asian stocks were lower, with Tokyo stocks falling on worries about the U.S. consumer after yesterday's weak housing data and consumer confidence number. Japanese automakers' shares were dented in the selling.
Builders remain cautious and buyers continue to be hesitant, but investors may want to make a move.
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Beazer Homes USA said on Friday it would review two lawsuits filed against the home builder, one of which accuses the company of using practices that allowed unqualified borrowers to get loans to buy its homes, but said it believes both were without merit.
Is it worth getting into ICE or BOT ahead of a possible buyout? Is Saks less immune in an economic downturn than Federated? The guys go face-to-face with some inquiring minds.
In the wake of a Charlotte Observer report about one area's unusually high foreclosure rate, Beazer Homes USA said it has received a grand jury subpoena from the U.S. Attorney's Office, which is probing its mortgage origination business. A unique case? Not according to CGM Capital Management's Kenneth Heebner, who says the negative impact of fast and loose lending policy has "only begun."
Beazer Homes USA said it has received a grand jury subpoena from the U.S. Attorney's Office, which is seeking documents relating to it mortgage origination business.
Hi folks. Here a look at the latest stock performance. Quick turnarounds seem to be paying off for several stocks, but obviously, not all. Downgrades and business news (see Beazer Homes below) certainly affect what's happening. Note the "replacements" at the S&P in the first paragraph. Okay, here are the stats with some notes on why the stocks are where they are.
Stocks closed sharply lower after being down all day on Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's remarks that "economic uncertainty" has increased. "The market has these little flips up and down but it's been quiet and down all day long," said Mike Driscoll, head of listed trading at Bear Stearns
Testimony by the two top U.S. economic officials on Wednesday raised fresh concerns in financial markets about the deteriorating housing market, despite their view that subprime mortgage problems are "contained."
Beazer Homes USA , the sixth-largest U.S. home builder, on Wednesday confirmed it is cooperating with federal prosecutors in a probe relating to its mortgage business. Beazer's shares were off 12% in premarket electronic trading after earlier falling 18% to their lowest level since August 2003.