Property Management: CBRE Group (NYSE:CBG), Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE:RLGY), Zillow (NASDAQ:Z), Washington Prime Group Inc. (NYSE:WPG), Outfront Media Inc. (NYSE:OUT)

CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG), a commercial real estate services and investment company, on Friday said it has acquired United Commercial Realty (“UCR”), a Dallas, Texas-based commercial real estate firm specializing in retail services. On Friday shares of CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) closed at $33.09. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was 7.00% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 13.97%.

Richard A. Smith, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE:RLGY), was named as The Most Powerful Person in Residential Real Estate for the second consecutive year. Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE:RLGY) in last trading activity increased 0.46% to close at $45.54. Company weekly performance is 0.73% while its quarterly performance stands at 32.31%. Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE:RLGY) is -6.62% away from its 52 week high.

Zillow (NASDAQ:Z) CMO Amy Bohutinsky sold 3,667 shares of Zillow stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $103.62, for a total value of $379,974.54. On last trading day Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ:Z) increased 0.86% to close at $96.33. Its volatility for the week is 4.64% while volatility for the month is 4.60%. Z’s sales growth for past 5 years was 79.50% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 15.00%. Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ:Z) monthly performance is -13.86%.

Washington Prime Group Inc., (NYSE:WPG) the strip center REIT, has just completed its $4.3 billion acquisition of Columbus-based Glimcher Realty Trust. Washington Prime Group Inc. (NYSE:WPG) has 13.82% insider ownership while its institutional ownership stands at 31.70%. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $18.03.

OUTFRONT Media Inc. (NYSE: OUT) announced that it will report results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2014 after the market closes on Thursday, February 26, 2015. On last trading day Outfront Media Inc. (NYSE:OUT) increased 1.17% to close at $26.90. Its volatility for the week is 2.45% while volatility for the month is 2.37%. Outfront Media Inc. (NYSE:OUT) monthly performance is 3.34%.

Property Management Stocks: Washington Prime Group Inc. (NYSE:WPG), Zillow (NASDAQ:Z), Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE:RLGY), Outfront Media Inc. (NYSE:OUT), CBRE Group (NYSE:CBG)

Washington Prime Group Inc. (NYSE:WPG) will begin trading ex-dividend on January 16, 2015. A cash dividend payment of $0.14 per share is scheduled to be paid on January 22, 2015.
On Thursday shares of Washington Prime Group Inc. (NYSE:WPG) closed at $18.18.

Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ:Z), the leading real estate information and home related marketplace, announces the formation of a new customer support team specifically to support MLSs and brokerages who send direct feeds to Zillow, as well as providing support to agents and brokers who use Zillow services. Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ:Z) in last trading activity decreased -8.34% to close at $95.51. Company weekly performance is -8.11% while its quarterly performance stands at -11.17%. Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ:Z) is -42.08% away from its 52 week high.

Realogy Holdings Corp (NYSE:RLGY) had its price target increased by Piper Jaffray from $53.00 to $58.00 in a research report sent to investors on Thursday morning. The firm currently has an overweight rating on the stock. On last trading day Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE:RLGY) remains unchanged to close at $45.33. Its volatility for the week is 2.63% while volatility for the month is 2.53%. RLGY’s sales growth for past 5 years was 2.30% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 18.30%. Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE:RLGY) monthly performance is 7.34%.

OUTFRONT Media Inc. (NYSE:OUT) announced that it will report results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2014 after the market closes on Thursday, February 26, 2015. Outfront Media Inc. (NYSE:OUT) has 0.20% insider ownership. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $26.59.

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) announced that it has been recognized for the second year in a row as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America. This annual award honors top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their employees. Both years, CBRE has been the only commercial real estate services and investment firm on the list. On last trading day CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) decreased -1.54% to close at $33.24. Its volatility for the week is 2.00% while volatility for the month is 1.80%. CBG’s sales growth for past 5 years was 7.00% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 16.90%. CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) monthly performance is 0.54%.

Residential Construction Stocks: KB Home (NYSE:KBH), DR Horton Inc. (NYSE:DHI), PulteGroup (NYSE:PHM), Lennar Corp. (NYSE:LEN), Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. (NYSE:HOV)

KB Home (NYSE:KBH) Net income for the quarter totaled $852.8 million, or $8.36 per diluted share, including an income tax benefit of $824.2 million that reflected the Company’s $825.2 million deferred tax asset valuation allowance reversal. On Tuesday shares of KB Home (NYSE:KBH) closed at $13.87. Company’s sales growth for last 5 years was -7.10% and EPS growth for next 5 years is recorded as 20.53%.

D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI), America’s Builder, announced that the Company will release financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2014 on Monday, January 26, 2015 before the market opens. DR Horton Inc. (NYSE:DHI) in last trading activity moved down -4.83% to close at $24.82. Company weekly performance is 2.94% while its quarterly performance stands at 27.67%. DR Horton Inc. (NYSE:DHI) is -6.27% away from its 52 week high.

PulteGroup (NYSE:PHM) Insider Richard J. Dugas, Jr. sold 112,102 shares of PulteGroup stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $22.08, for a total value of $2,475,212.16. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 1,169,718 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $25,827,373. On last trading day PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM) moved down -2.47% to close at $22.13. Its volatility for the week is 4.04% while volatility for the month is 2.62%. PHM’s sales growth for past 5 years was -1.90% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 25.80%. PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM) monthly performance is 7.90%.

Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN), one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, announced that the Company will release earnings for the fourth quarter and year ended November 30, 2014 before the market opens on January 15, 2015. Lennar Corp. (NYSE:LEN) has 1.90% insider ownership. In last trading activity company’s stock closed at $46.28.

Zacks downgraded shares of Hovnanian Enterprises (NYSE:HOV) from a neutral rating to an underperform rating in a report issued on Monday. They currently have $3.80 target price on the stock. On last trading day Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. (NYSE:HOV) moved down -3.68% to close at $3.93. Its volatility for the week is 4.73% while volatility for the month is 4.78%. HOV’s sales growth for past 5 years was 5.30% and its EPS growth for past 5 years was 17.10%. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. (NYSE:HOV) monthly performance is -8.39%.

Real Estate Development: Summit Hotel Properties (NYSE:INN), The St. Joe Company (NYSE:JOE), Brookfield Asset Management(NYSE:BAM), Brookfield Property Partners (NYSE:BPY)

Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (NYSE:INN) announced that it will report financial results for the first quarter 2014 on Monday, May 12, 2014, before the market opens and will conduct its quarterly conference call the same day at 12:00 PM ET. Shares of Summit Hotel Properties Inc (NYSE:INN) closed at $9.14 in last trading session. Friday share price of the company was traded in the range of $9.07 to $9.19. Company now has a market value of $780.58million. Summit Hotel Properties Inc (NYSE:INN) price to sales ratio in past twelve months was calculated as 2.62 and price to cash ratio as 16.75.

The St. Joe Company (NYSE:JOE) will release its first quarter results after the market closes on Thursday, May 8, 2014. The St. Joe Company (NYSE:JOE)’s earnings press release will be posted on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website. The St. Joe Company (NYSE:JOE) stock traded in the range of $18.73 – $19.66 and at the end of the day, it closed at $19.26. Average trading volume of the company is $384.33K. The St. Joe Company (NYSE:JOE) return on equity ratio is recorded as 0.90% and its return on assets is 0.80%.

Timber conglomerate Weyerhaeuser Co’s first-quarter profit rose 27 percent as its acquisition of Longview Timber began paying off. Weyerhaeuser bought Longview Timber Holdings from Brookfield Asset Management Inc (USA) (NYSE:BAM) last June for $2.65 billion, including assumption of debt. Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (USA) (NYSE:BAM) after opening at $42.09, moved up 0.17% to $42.20 on last trading day. Company’s 52 week range is $33.59 – $42.56.

Brookfield Property Partners (NYSE:BPY) announced a quarterly dividend on Friday, May 2nd, Stock Ratings Network reports. Investors of record on Friday, May 30th will be paid a dividend of 0.25 per share on Monday, June 30th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.13%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 28th. Brookfield Property Partners LP (NYSE:BPY) stock hit highest price at $19.64, beginning with a price of $19.49 and decreased -0.15% to the close at $19.47 with day range of $19.42 – $19.64. The total market capitalization of the stock is $2.00billion.

Housing Stocks: Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN), D.R. Horton Inc. (NYSE:DHI), Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:HOV), KB Home (NYSE:KBH)

Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN) is also defying broad-market headwinds, up 5.1% at $40.83. Call volume is running at four times the typical intraday rate, with more than 8,600 contracts exchanged thus far. The preference for LEN calls marks a change of pace, as the stock’s Schaeffer’s put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 1.32 sits just 6 percentage points from an annual high. In other words, near-term option traders are more put-heavy than usual right now. Shares of Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN) closed at $40.16 in last trading session. On Friday share price of the company was traded in the range of $38.25 – $40.84. Company now has a market value of $8.21B. Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN) price to sales ratio in past twelve months was calculated as 1.30 and price to cash ratio as 15.20.

D.R. Horton (NYSE:DHI) was upgraded by analysts at Jefferson Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI) stock traded in the range of $22.48 – $24.00 and at the end of the day, it closed at $ 23.48. Average trading volume of the company is $7.09M. D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI) return on equity ratio is recorded as 13.80% and its return on assets is 6.50%

On January 14, 2014, Thomson Reuters/Verus upgraded shares of Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:HOV) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday, Analyst Ratings.Net reports. Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:HOV) after opening at $ 5.77, moved up 2.55% to $ 6.03 on friday. Company’s 52 week range is $4.65 – $6.80

Barclays cut shares of KB Home (NYSE:KBH) from an equal weight rating to an underweight rating in a research report sent to investors on Monday morning, Analyst Ratings Network reports. The firm currently has $18.00 price target on the stock. KB Home (NYSE:KBH) stock hit highest price at $19.70, beginning with a price of $ 18.87 and increased 1.20% to the close at $ 19.34 with day range of $ 18.70 – 19.70 . The total market capitalization of the stock is $ 1.82 billion.

Housing Stocks Rally – D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI), Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN), KB Home (NYSE:KBH), Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:HOV)

D.R. Horton Inc. (NYSE:DHI), the largest builder in the US by revenue, has announced that their earnings had jumped by 86% in the fiscal first quarter. This was mainly because the company was able to deliver more housing and raise prices at the same time. Shares of D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI) closed at $23.00 in last trading session. Yesterday share price of the company was traded in the range of $21.95 to $23.20. Company now has a market value of $7.43 billion. D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI) price to sales ratio in past twelve months was calculated as 1.19 and price to cash ratio as 7.95.

Elsewhere in the housing industry, Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN) grew 4.48% after it started trading ex-dividend on January 28, 2014. The company is set to pay a cash dividend of $0.04 per share on February 13, 2014 to shareholders who purchased LEN stock prior to the ex-dividend date. Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN) stock traded in the range of $37.24 – $39.16 and at the end of the day, it closed at $38.52. Average trading volume of the company is $4.69 M. Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN) return on equity ratio is recorded as 15.00% and its return on assets is 5.00%.

KB Home (NYSE:KBH), which rose 4.67% yesterday, recently declared that on January 22 its board of directors unanimously elected Michael M. Wood, Chairman of Redwood Investments LLC, to serve as a director of the company and has been appointed to the board’s audit and compliance committee. KB Home (NYSE:KBH) after opening at $17.75, moved up 4.67% to $18.37 on last trading day. Company’s 52 week range is $15.48 – $25.14.

Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:HOV) scored noteworthy gains in sympathy with DHI. Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:HOV) stock hit highest price at $5.93, beginning with a price of $5.78 and increased 3.49% to the close at $5.93 with day range of $5.76 – $5.99. The total market capitalization of the stock is $825.46 million.

Housing Stocks – Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN), KB Home (NYSE:KBH), D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI), PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM)

Research analysts at MKM Partners hoisted their target price on shares of Lennar Corp. (NYSE:LEN) from $38.00 to $40.00 in a report released on Thursday, AnalystRatingsNetwork reports. The firm currently has a “neutral” rating on the stock. MKM Partners’ price objective indicates a potential upside of 3.60% from the stock’s previous close. Shares of Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN) closed at $38.42 in last trading session. Yesterday share price of the company was traded in the range of $37.91 to $38.93. Company now has a market value of $7.47 billion. Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN) price to sales ratio in past twelve months was calculated as 1.24 and price to cash ratio as 14.54.

One stock that might be an intriguing choice for investors right now is KB Home (NYSE:KBH). This is because this security in the Residential Construction industry space is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is in great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective. KB Home (NYSE:KBH) stock traded in the range of $17.62 – $18.04 and at the end of the day, it closed at $17.88. Average trading volume of the company is $2.47 M. KB Home (NYSE:KBH) return on equity ratio is recorded as 1.50% and its return on assets is 0.20%.

D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI), the country’s largest home-builder, will host grand openings on Saturday for three of its new communities in Palm Desert. D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI) after opening at $ 21.86, moved up 0.79% to $21.75 on last trading day. Company’s 52 week range is $17.52 – $27.75.

Analysts at MKM Partners boosted their price target on shares of PulteGroup (NYSE:PHM) from $19.00 to $21.00 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday, Analyst Ratings.Net reports. The firm currently has a “neutral” rating on the stock. MKM Partners’ price target points to a potential upside of 6.17% from the stocks previous close. PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM) stock hit highest price at $19.79, beginning with a price of $19.87 and increased 0.05% to the close at $19.79 with day range of $19.47 – $19.90. The total market capitalization of the stock is $7.58 billion.

Housing Stocks To Watch- Toll Brothers (TOL), Hovnanian (HOV), Lennar (LEN), KB Home (KBH), Gafisa SA (GFA)

Toll Brothers Inc (NYSE:TOL) stock had its “neutral” rating reaffirmed by Zacks, with a $34.00 price objective on the stock. Shares of Toll Brothers Inc (NYSE:TOL) were up 1.44% to $33.88 in premarket. In last session Toll Brothers Inc (NYSE:TOL) closed at $ 33.40.

Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:HOV) stock has an average recommendation of “Hold” with an average target price of $5.56, according to marketwatch. Shares of Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:HOV) were climbed 1.64% to $5.58 in premarket. In last session Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:HOV) closed at $5.49.

Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN) being the No.3 U.S. homebuilder, reported a 32% jump in quarterly profit and said orders rose 13%. Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN)’s net income attributable to Lennar rose to $164.1 million, or 73 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Nov. 30 from $124.3 million, or 56 cents per share, a year earlier. Company’s total revenue jumped 42 percent to $1.92 billion while orders rose to 4,498 homes. Shares of Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN) were rose 3.41% to $36.40 in premarket. In last session LEN closed at $35.20.

KB Home (NYSE:KBH) stock was lowered from “Neutral” to “Sell” at Compass Point on 17-Dec-13. Shares of KB Home (NYSE:KBH) were increased 1.88% to $17.34 in premarket. In last session KB Home (NYSE:KBH) closed at $17.02.

Gafisa SA (ADR) (NYSE:GFA) has an Analyst Meeting – INVESTOR DAY GAFISA – Sao Paulo on Dec 18, 2013. Shares of Gafisa SA (ADR) (NYSE:GFA) were advanced 5.26% to $3.20 in premarket. In last session Gafisa SA (ADR) (NYSE:GFA)  closed at $3.04.

Housing Stocks To Watch – Toll Brothers (TOL), Hovnanian (HOV), Lennar (LEN), KB Home (KBH), Gafisa (GFA)

Toll Brothers Inc (NYSE:TOL) shares price target raised from $25.00 to $28.00 by equities research analysts at Sterne Agee. The analysts at Sterne Agee currently has an “underperform” rating on the Toll Brothers Inc (NYSE:TOL) stock.  Shares of Toll Brothers Inc (NYSE:TOL) were closed at $32.59 in last session.

U.S. homebuilder Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:HOV) has reported adjusted earnings of 21 cents per share in the Q4 of fiscal 2013,by surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 17 cents by 23.5%. Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:HOV) reported the adjusted earnings increased significantly from the prior-year quarter loss of 59 cents on the back of double digit increase in homebuilding revenue and gross margin. Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:HOV) shares rose 0.56%, to $5.40 in premarket. In last session Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:HOV) closed at $5.37.

Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN)being  No. 2 U.S. home builder by market cap, is slated to report fiscal fourth-quarter earnings before the open on Wednesday. Analysts expectation are that the Miami-based company, Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN) to post earnings of 62 cents a share, up 11% from the previous year. Whereas the sales are seen rising 39% to $1.88 billion. If that happens, it will be Lennar’s sixth straight quarter of 30%-or-better sales growth. Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN) shares were closed at $35.00 in last session.

KB Home (NYSE:KBH) has the highest volume of GreenPoint Rated projects. more than 1,000 in the pipeline, 600 of which are slated for 2014, and for this has won Community Builder of the Year, one of seven GreenPoint Rated awards for 2013. KB Home (NYSE:KBH) shares were closed at $17.23 in last session.

Gafisa SA (ADR) (NYSE:GFA) shares soared on Tuesday morning after the company completed the sale of a 70% stake in its Alphaville Urbanismo residential-development business. Brazilian homebuilder, Gafisa SA (ADR) (NYSE:GFA) plans to use the proceeds to reduce debt and pay dividends. Gafisa SA (ADR) (NYSE:GFA) shares were closed at $3.04 in last session.

Mortgage Reaches To All-Time Lows; Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC) & JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) Might Focus On Refinancing

Mortgage lenders including Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) might focus on refinancing as interest rates arrived to all-time lows which are cautioning that the decline in demand might be higher than expected. Even Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC) is lowering its capacity further as climbing interest rates lowers demand as it has dropped to fourth in U.S. mortgages last year. The two people with direct knowledge of the plan said that Charlotte, North Carolina-based firm is removing 2,100 jobs and closing 16 offices by Oct. 31.

Home lenders are reconsidering projection following the rise in interest rates reflecting the signs that Federal Reserve may cut back on its stimulus efforts. Wells Fargo, the top U.S. home lender, said yesterday that third quarter originations may decline by 29 percent to $80 billion. JPMorgan, placed on second number, said that it anticipates losing money on home lending in the second half as volumes declined as much 40 percent from the year’s first six months.

Guy Cecala, publisher of Inside Mortgage Finance in Bethesda, Maryland said that there existed speculation, surely by Wells but a lot of other people, and there would be second-quarter momentum that would transmit to the third quarter. Although, Bank of America’s job cuts indicates that some of that stuff came to sight very speedily in terms of people falling out of the market.

Interest rates has jumped due to the announcement made by Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke on May 22 to Congress that if the U.S. economy reflected sustained improvement then central bank might scale back the rate of its $85 billion of monthly acquisitions of mortgage bonds and Treasuries. The cost of a 30-year fixed home loan climbed to 4.57 percent last week from 3.35 percent in May.

JPMorgan’s chief financial officer, Marianne Lake, said in her presentation that a rise in lending for home purchases would not be sufficient to replace a decline in refinancing. In the third and fourth quarters, the bank’s pretax-profit margins and income on mortgage lending will be “slightly negative”. Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) shares moved up 0.67% in premarket, JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) shares were up 0.91% in premarket, Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) shares moved up 0.83% in premarket.