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The Alerian MLP Index rose 1.79 to over 330, its highest level in almost 2 months. The REIT index was up almost 4 to the 217s, only 2 below its yearly high. When stocks rise, junk bond funds are not far behind, remaining near yearly highs. The VIX was down only a fraction, still in the 21s. The € was up a fraction of a penny to almost $1.31. Treasuries slipped in the strong stock market. The yield on the 10 year Treasury bond rose 2 basis points to 2.75% nearing its 2.80%+ yearly high.
Alerian MLP Index --- 2 weeks
Dow Jones REIT Index --- 2 weeks
VIX --- 2 weeks
10-Year Treasury Yld Index --- 2 weeks
Rising stock markets bring out bullish sentiment for oil. Gold rose to a record for a 3rd day as a weaker dollar & concern that the recovery may be faltering boosted demand as a protection of wealth.
|CLV10.NYM||...Crude Oil Oct 10||...74.69 ||... 1.03 |
|GCU10.CMX||...Gold Sep 10||...1,282.00 ||... 6.40|
Lennar (LEN), 4th largest US homebuilder, reported a better-than-estimated Q3 profit as margins on house sales improved & orders fell less than projected. EPS for the qtr ended Aug 31 was 16¢ compared with a loss of 97¢ last year earlier, beating estimates of 3¢. LEN has been cutting costs & expanding its distressed investing operations as demand for houses slumps after expiration of a tax credit for homebuyers. Orders fell 15% in Q3, a smaller decline than estimated. Q3 revenue increased 14% to $825M as home completions rose 10% to 2,950. But orders fell to 2,624 homes from 3,104 last year. The Rialto Investments unit, which focuses on managing & restructuring distressed real estate, contributed $7.7M in operating profit during the period. Rialto’s role expanded after Feb, when LEN bought a 40% stake in a $3B portfolio of loans auctioned by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. This showing gets a "good enough" rating. The stock gained 89¢ to 14.88.
Lennar Reports Third-Quarter Profit as Margins Widen
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However housing remains mired in the dumps. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo confidence index remained unchanged at 13, matching the lowest reading since Mar 2009. Projections were for a rise to 14. The housing market continues depressed following the expiration of a tax credit on Apr 30
Homebuilders confidence index - 1 year
IBM (IBM), a Dow stock, will buy Netezza (NZ) for about $1.7B to gain analytics technology. NZ shareholders will receive $27 a share in cash, but the stock is 57¢ above that price hoping for an even better offer. NZ integrates hardware with programs that store & analyze data. The acquisition is set to close by Dec 31.
IBM Plans to Acquire Netezza for $1.7 Billion to Gain Analytics Technology
Netezza --- 1 year
IBM --- 2 years
We're back to all news is good news, what the bulls like to hear. The € was strong on word that European sovereign debt problems are fading (for the time being). Problems still exist with the slow economic recovery & a muddled picture about extending personal tax cuts into next year.
Dow Jones Industrials --- 2 weeks
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