KB Homes Robust Orders Deliver Highest Backlog in Last 15 Years

KB Homes reported better than expected Q1 earnings after the market Tuesday on lower than expected revenue from the weatherand power issues in Texas. The stock was higher with other homebuilders after robust order numbers. $KBH had the company’s highest backlog level in the last 15 years.

KB Homes Earnings Rise Along With Stronger US Home Sales

KB Homes reported better than expected Q3 earnings after the market Tuesday.  The stock jumped 3% after it had been bid up over 4% with other homebuilders after a robust existing housing sales number before the report. A rise in homesales since the COVID lockdown has suprised many experts..  

Consumer Confidence Slumps As Stimulus Payments Expire

The Conference Board said Consumer Confidence declined in August for the second consecutive month in the US with the index at 84.8 v 93.0 expected and 92.6 in July as the Covid-19 lockdown angt continued and stimulus paymetns expired. Consumers appear to see low interest rates and stimulus payments as a one-off event. Consumers were also more pessimistic about the short-term outlook. 

Toll Brothers Earnings Helped By Cost Reductions as Contracts Fall on Economy Lockdown

Leading luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers reported better than expected first-quarter earnings Wednesday. The stock $TOL rose over 9% on the report after being up over 9% earlier, up 18% on the day on hopes of recovery. Home sales revenues were $1.52 billion, down 11%

Mortgage Applications Rise 26.8% as Refinancing Surges on Lower Rates

Lower long term interest rates in the U.S. have seen refinancing take off, Mortgage applications jumped to their highest level since September 2016. Refinancing activity the highest since November 2016 accounted for 49.8% of mortgage applications