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Strong earnings news is helping push credit market fears back into the shadows this morning, and stocks are poised to spring higher at the opening. Some Asian markets sold off after yesterday's bad day on Wall Street and Europe is mostly lower.
With the Dow closing at its milestone of 14,000 yesterday, the Nasdaq reaching 6 1/2-year closing highs, and the S&P soaring to record heights, investors anxiously await next week’s 8-Dow stocks and 168 S&P reports.
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.
Earnings remain the focus of traders going into the weekend, but analysts say the potential impact of rising crude oil and subprime troubles will also be on the minds of traders. Today is also an options expiration Friday.
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.
The July earnings forecasts are starting to roll in, and I don’t care what the temps are hitting this month, home builders have to be in a cold sweat. Today Meritage Homes reported preliminary sales, closings and backlog for the second quarter, and honey, it ain’t pretty. Sales down 37%, closings down 28% and backlog down 39% from a year ago. And if that weren’t bad enough, cancellations rose to 37% compared to 32% a year ago and 27% in the first quarter of this year (that was pre-subprime fury when everyone thought the market would take a quick bounce back).
What’s a big public builder to do when the quarterly earnings report reads like a Stephen King novel? Do what you can to survive. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve read bits and blurbs of builders changing their strategies in order to stay afloat in these tough housing times, and I’m not talking about giving away a BMW with the kitchen sink.
Stocks finished little-changed after a roller-coaster session as investors tried to figure out the Federal Reserve's latest statement on inflation and interest rates. "The Fed's been engaged in a real delicate balancing act," said Bruce Bittles, chief investment strategist at Robert W. Baird
I guess I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but I have to ask it again: just how much can the big public home builders take? KB Home, which has lost nearly a quarter of its market value this year, reported a second quarter that could give a CEO nightmares. The company posted a net loss of $148.7 million, or $1.93 a share, compare that with a net income of $205.4 million just one tragic year ago. Housing revenues, that’s if you subtract some land sales, were down 41% from a year ago.
KB Home, the No. 5 U.S. home builder, posted a quarterly net loss Thursday as revenue dropped sharply due to the weak housing market.
Investors will soon have earnings to add to their watch list, but unlike interest rates and energy prices they may yield a positive surprise. Though interest rates and subprime worries have rattled stocks lately, corporate profits will also be closely watched in the coming weeks. And many market pros think that--like the first quarter--the results will come in above unrealistically low forecasts.
Homebuilder KB Homes said Friday it was considering its strategic alternatives after receiving an offer to purchase KB's stake in its French subsidiary Kaufman & Broad SA.
M&A news and analyst actions were some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Friday.
Builders remain cautious and buyers continue to be hesitant, but investors may want to make a move.
Stocks closed broadly lower on Wednesday as investors' hopes for a cut in interest rates diminished following the release of minutes from the Fed's policy meeting three weeks ago."I think what the market wanted to hear was that the Fed was looking to come to the rescue and add liquidity to the system, as they seemed to tip their hat to in the last FOMC announcement," Kevin Caron, market analyst at Ryan Beck, told CNBC.
At KB Home's annual meeting on Friday, the preliminary tally showed shareholders approved two proposals management had opposed. This is unusual as shareholder proposals rarely receive a majority of votes.
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."
Is the housing sector doing better than consumers think -- or are some contrarian market boosters guilty of "cherry picking"? An economist and a CEO debated the question, on "Morning Call."
Stocks closed near the unchanged mark as investors pulled money out of the tech sector and moved into energy stocks. "With the recent volatility that we've had, investors are taking a closer look at their portfolios and they're a little more cautious," said Ron Papanek, a strategist with RiskMetrics Group.
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