With stocks near all-time highs, short interest reached the highest level in 20 months, but some investors are seeing the trend as a bullish sign.» Read More
One of my mother's favorite lines is the one about not saying anything if you can't think of something nice to say. Well that was the story of the markets Monday. What a day of angst. Look at this headline from a note sent by MF Global's Andy Brenner Monday afternoon: "The market has traded like a crazed man with no liquidity." Yikes.
Stocks fell after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the housing slump is likely act as a drag on to U.S. economic growth, sparking investor concerns. "It was just last month Bernanke was saying things were contained, but now he's saying housing troubles can spread," said Brian Hicks, president of Wealth Daily. "This-flip flop in the last month has really spooked the markets."
D.R. Horton, the largest US home builder, Tuesday said orders for new homes plunged 39 percent in its fourth quarter amid a spike in cancellations, as the US housing market continued to skip along rock bottom.
The problems today: 1) Financials. For a view of why traders are now very worried about Q4 earnings for financials, look no farther than KeyCorp. Q3 earnings and Q4 guidance were both below expectations; there were strains from fixed income markets particularly in commercial real estate, and rising problems with residential construction loans.
PCP and Goodrich aren't just aerospace plays. Add them to the list of booming infrastructure names, too, Cramer said. Also, the best way to buy homebuilders - and the best homebuilder to buy.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.
Forgive me for posting a little bit late today, but I’ve been waiting for a call back from the press contact at D.R. Horton all morning, and now that it’s afternoon, I’ve decided to give up. I called the company (three times) to ask for a bit more information regarding an auction of 53 new D.R. Horton-built homes in San Diego this weekend.
There was more bad news for the housing sector Tuesday. Both sales and prices of existing homes continued to fall, while inventories rose.
Builder Lennar, the No. 2 U.S. home builder, Tuesday reported its worst-ever quarterly results as the crumbling U.S. housing market led to a much wider-than-expected loss, sending its shares down to a five-year low.
The slump in housing stocks to new four-year lows is hurting some well-known investors who recently added home builders and housing-related stocks such as KB Home and Pulte Homes to their positions.
We reported some pretty nasty numbers from the Mortgage Bankers Association yesterday: A 51% rise in new foreclosures nationwide to the highest rate in the history of the MBA survey. And it’s a big bad number like that that is going to add more fuel to the fire in Washington among all those folks who have been bandying about the idea of some kind of government...
The two weak links in yesterday's market--housing and brokerage stocks--continued to be the weak links today. House prices declined 3.2% in Q2 from a year earlier, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index. Home builders like Centex, Lennar and DR Horton down 4%-6% this morning; most builders are at multiyear lows.
From commodities and construction materials to interest rates and mortgage lenders, the state of real estate is at the forefront of most business and financial debates. But some say opportunities still exist -- if you know where to look. CNBC's crack team of reporters dug into the real estate market from every angle. Here is a sampling of what they found.
Beazer Homes USA said Wednesday that rumors that sent down its stock down nearly 40% are "unfounded."
Key sectors like the homebuilders could continue to take a serious hit. But Cramer said it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are two things he thinks could save the market.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.
Cramer likes to say there’s always a bull market somewhere, but tonight he played the role of the ultimate bear.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.
Stocks suffer their worst weekly declines in more than four years as worries about credit and lending undermine investor confidence.
Bad news in the housing market this week was enough to rock the stock market right off its foundations. Existing home sales, new home sales, homebuilder earnings reports, no one expected them to be bright, but the numbers cast a heavy shadow on any optimism for a quick recovery in housing.
Stocks closed sharply lower and the Dow saw its biggest decline since the market meltdown in late February as disappointing news from the housing industry renewed concerns about credit markets and the U.S. economy. "This is just one more of the period panics that we've had in the last six months," said Barton Biggs, managing partner at Traxis Partners. "The puncture of the debt bubble is a positive development and restores some kind of sanity to the debt market."
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.”