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Pulte: Enough to Calm Jitters for Now

Earnings Note: 24 Oct 2018, 5:13 AM ET - PHM reported a solid 3Q18 underscored by strong profitability and stable margins. As other builders have indicated recently, order trends slowed in 3Q18, but traffic levels were up +15% YoY, leaving PHM optimistic growth will continue. 

Homebuilding: Conference Takeaways

Sector Analysis: 03 Oct 2018, 4:13 AM ET - We present some takeaways from the IMN Real Estate Private Equity Forum on Land & Homebuilding Conference in Las Vegas last week.   

Big Homebuilders: Going to the Source

Sector Analysis: 27 Jul 2018, 4:49 AM ET - With crosscurrents in the headlines around prices, mortgage rates, changing regional demand, and shifting product growth expectations, it still comes down to builder strategies on price and costs, profit margins, and inventory management. 

DHI, PHM and MTH: Weighing In

Earnings Note: 26 Jul 2018, 9:54 PM ET - A trio of homebuilders reported quarterly results where the underlying trends remains supportive of continued homebuilding growth.  Profitability was strong with each reporting an increase in margins YoY.  

Pulte Group: Defying Gravity

Earnings Note: 24 Apr 2018, 5:29 PM ET - PHM results defied broader worries that homebuilder demand trends would slow given the rate volatility and general rise in mortgage rates during 1Q18.  PHM net orders were up +12.2% YoY and its monthly order absorption was up +3.7%.      

Homebuilders: Spring Showers or Flowers?

Sector Analysis: 24 Apr 2018, 4:24 AM ET - Homebuilder bonds were under pressure YTD18 as tight spreads, rising interest rates, and Fed tightening renewed fears of a slowdown and pressure on affordability. Fundamentals are still sound with leverage and liquidity in good shape. 

US Strategy: Tariffs as Repricing Event?

Strategy Analysis: 01 Mar 2018, 9:40 PM ET - The market has been building in very low odds of a trade war event, a NAFTA withdrawal, or a significant escalation of tit-for-tat trade retaliations on a broader scale.  The odds-makers just got a fresh load of input.

Section 232: The NAFTA Conundrum

Sector Analysis: 26 Feb 2018, 3:42 AM ET - Using Section 232 on Steel/Aluminum could damage supplier chains and cost structures and drive broader inflation.  A tariff gambit in such key industries could undermine the NAFTA negotiations and have immediate effects on risk pricing. 

Pulte: Reloads Share Buybacks

Earnings Note: 30 Jan 2018, 3:50 PM ET - Pulte continues to see legs to the housing cycle and plans to spend 10% more on land in FY18 on expectations home deliveries will increase +5% to +10%.  A reloaded share repurchase program has $594 mn of availability.  

Housing and Taxes: Wrong Multiplier Effect

Strategy Analysis: 08 Nov 2017, 3:44 AM ET - As the Congress scrambles to find revenue for majority vote machinations, the clear and direct multiplier effects of housing-related growth is getting tempered to support the theoretical, indirect benefits of corporate and estate tax cuts.

PulteGroup: More Positive Data Points

Earnings Note: 24 Oct 2017, 2:36 PM ET - Pulte posed solid order growth of +11% in 3Q17 driven by +24% order growth from first time homebuyers.  PHM remains constructive on fundamentals.  

Housing: Mortgages, GSE Reform, Taxes

Strategy Analysis: 27 Jul 2017, 4:48 AM ET - Homebuilders are rolling along near capacity against the backdrop of Washington chaos while awaiting clarity on reform/deregulation in housing finance. The bigger macro variable for mortgage credit is existing homes and not builders.

US Strategy: Housing, Leverage, Quality

Strategy Analysis: 26 Jul 2017, 6:02 AM ET - We provide a top-down, summary look at the aggregate housing sector balance sheet, asset quality, and default metrics. The much-improved home equity profile of mortgaged properties and supply-demand balance does not signal trouble.

Pulte 2Q17: Demand Trends Encouraging

Earnings Note: 25 Jul 2017, 3:43 PM ET - PHM saw solid double-digit order growth of +12.3% in 2Q17 as the housing cycle continues its expansion.  Worries of Move Up buyer fatigue were not evident with this segment +21% YoY for new order growth even as prices continue to rise.  

Homebuilding: Starts, Permits Fortify Story

Strategy Analysis: 20 Jul 2017, 5:27 AM ET - June home starts (+8.3%) and permits (+7.4%) rebounded from a weak May as the trajectory for the homebuilding markets remains positive with a handful of builders set to report results next week.  Slow growth remains the rolling trend. 

March 2017: Case-Shiller Home Prices

Worth Watching: 30 May 2017, 1:07 PM ET - March 2017 home prices continued to post gains with the Case-Shiller National Home Price Index continuing to post new highs while the 20-city index remains 5.4% below its peak.   Case-Shiller Home Price indexes continued to post gains in March ..

Homebuilding Snapshot: April Showers…?

Strategy Analysis: 16 May 2017, 1:59 PM ET - Headline April home construction numbers experienced a sequential stall but parsing the multi-family versus single-family and seasonal influences shows  the trajectory for homebuilders remains positive.

US IG Sector Recs: A Very "In Line" April

Sector Weightings: 09 May 2017, 5:22 AM ET - After a weak March the IG index returned to positive territory, but most sectors reported excess return within +/- 5bp of the overall index. We discuss performance and update our sector recommendations. 

US IG Sector Slide Pack: April 2017

Sector Weightings: 08 May 2017, 11:18 PM ET - Our US IG Sector Slide Pack: April 2017 includes spread, return and attribution data for many of the Level 3 and Level 4 sectors of the BAML Index.  We look at both monthly and year-to-date performance. 

Homebuilder Snapshot: Residential Resilience

Strategy Analysis: 25 Apr 2017, 4:29 PM ET - The March new home sales numbers from the Census had another solid month of YoY and 2nd best month since the crisis as the start of spring selling season sends favorable cyclical signs and highlights pent-up demand.

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