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KB Home Slumps on Guidance Cut, Drags Other Home Builders

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Shares of KB Home (KBH - Free Report) decreased 15.3% yesterday, after the company trimmed its guidance for fourth-quarter fiscal 2018. It also underperformed the industry in a year’s time.  The stock has lost 38.8% compared with the industry’s 32.7% decline.

For fourth-quarter fiscal 2018, the company expects revenues to be between $1.31 billion and $1.34 billion, down from the prior estimate of $1.39 billion and $1.45 billion. This downside can be attributed to decrease in deliveries in Texas, lower-than-expected spec sales and potential delayed closings in California due to wildfires.

Moreover, rising labor costs might mar KB Home’s growth prospective as it limits home builders’ pricing power. Also, land prices are increasing owing to limited availability. The recently imposed tariff on imported steel and aluminum is an added concern.

Further, the Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company expects average selling price (ASP) to be in the range of $395,000-$400,000 compared with $400,000-$405,000. Homebuilding operating margin (excluding the impact of any inventory-related charges) is anticipated to be 9.3-9.5%.

These apart, KB Home issued guidance for fiscal 2019. It expects revenues to be in the range of $4.7-$5.2 billion. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at $5.01 billion. Average selling price is projected to be between $390,000 and $400,000.

Domino Effect

The stock market runs on sentiment. Any unforeseen event in a particular sector has a ripple effect on others with a clear reflection on major indices. The case is more or less the same for specific sectors that often witness good or bad performance by one player influencing the performance of others. While major indices — Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq and S&P 500 ended the trading session on a positive note, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) fell 0.9%.

Stocks such as Lennar Corporation (LEN - Free Report) , Toll Brothers, Inc. (TOL - Free Report) and D.R. Horton, Inc. (DHI - Free Report) , which belong to the same industry, also declined 5%, 5.9% and 2.6%, respectively.

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