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Inflation numbers are good for those who want a rate cut. The PCE deflator shows moderating inflation. U.S. futures--as well as European bourses--are also rallying because of President Bush's proposal to help homeowners who cannot pay their mortgages.
House prices across the nation declined by 3.2% in the second quarter from a year earlier, suggesting the housing downturn has deepened, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Index.
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.
Today's 387-point drop in the Dow is a perfect reason why investors should take profits when they have the chance. Remember: Bulls make money, bears make money, but hogs get slaughtered.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.
There’s no place for bullishness until this mortgage/private-equity mess gets stabilized. But when will investors know that happened? 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 Wednesday that rumors that sent down its stock down nearly 40% are "unfounded."
CNBc's Bob Pisani sees several reasons investors should be optimistic about the market. He shares what traders are telling him at midday.
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.
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.