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*S&P/Case-Shiller home price index up 0.8 pct in December. *Toll Brothers', Home Depot's results cloud housing outlook. Feb 25- U.S. home price gains slowed in December, according to a closely watched housing survey on Tuesday that underscored a loss of momentum in the housing recovery, while consumer confidence drifted lower this month.
Feb 25- Toll Brothers Inc, the largest U.S. luxury homebuilder, reported a fall in quarterly orders for the first time in three years as a severe winter deterred buyers.
Feb 25- Toll Brothers Inc, the largest U.S. luxury homebuilder, reported a 52 percent jump in quarterly revenue as it sold more houses at higher prices in a recovering housing market. Net income jumped to $45.6 million, or 25 cents per share from $4.4 million, or 3 cents per share.
Feb 25- Toll Brothers Inc, the largest luxury U.S. homebuilder, reported a more than 10- fold jump in quarterly profit as the U.S. housing market recovers. Revenue soared 52 percent to $643.7 million in the first quarter ended Jan. 31. Net income rose to $45.6 million, or 25 cents per share from $4.4 million, or 3 cents per share, a year earlier.
Two big retailers' earnings, home price data and consumer confidence could swing market focus back to the economy Tuesday.
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*Net income jumps 86 pct to $123.2 mln. Jan 28- Homebuilder D.R. Horton Inc's sales pace picked up in January ahead of what it said would be a "very strong" spring selling season as Americans become more comfortable with higher mortgage rates in a stabilizing U.S. economy.
Jan 28- D.R. Horton Inc, the largest U.S. homebuilder, reported a rise in orders for the quarter ended December and said its sales pace picked up this month as stabilizing mortgage rates and signs of an economic recovery spur housing demand.
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*General Motors to name first female CEO. NEW YORK, Dec 10- Wall St was set to take a breather on Tuesday after the S&P 500 closed at yet another record high and as investors were hesitant to make big bets amid uncertainty over the Federal Reserve's stimulus.
NEW YORK, Dec 10- The S&P 500 index futures edged lower on Tuesday after the market closed at yet another record high and economic data showed growth in China's industrial production slowed last month. It is taking it pretty well, "said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital in New York.