Shares of U.S. homebuilding companies have fallen more than 20 percent since May, even as home- improvement retailers rose to a record high, a sign some investors are too pessimistic that higher mortgage rates could derail new construction.
Options traders are pushing bullish bets on PulteGroup Inc. to the highest level in nine years, speculating the biggest U.S. homebuilder will rally even as analysts predict the 18th net loss in 19 quarters.
Sales of U.S. previously owned homes probably plunged in July to the lowest level since March 2009, evidence the market is restrained by foreclosures and limited job growth, economists said before a report today.
PulteGroup Inc. and D.R. Horton Inc., the largest U.S. homebuilders, tumbled after reporting lower-than-expected orders, adding to concerns that higher mortgage rates will hamper the nation’s housing recovery.
Seattle city planner Alan Justad is reviewing a project that will bring back the cranes, dust and noise absent since the real estate bust . This one will subtract from the skyline rather than add to it.