Lennar's Sales Incentives 🏠

And, XRP finally has a good day in 2024.

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Today is Tuesday, June 18, 2024.

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Lennar's Sales Incentives 🏠

Despite posting good financial results on Monday, the home construction company Lennar (NYSE: LEN) ticked down 2.18% in after-hours trading.

Financials: Lennar reported earnings of $3.38 per share in the past quarter and revenue of $8.8 billion; both were better than expected.

Quote: “Although affordability continued to be tested by interest rate movements and simultaneously challenged consumer sentiment, purchasers remained responsive to increased sales incentives, resulting in a 19% increase in our new orders and a 15% increase in our deliveries year over year.” -  co-CEO Stuart Miller.

Yes, But: The average sales price of homes delivered fell 5%. Apparently, the increased use of sales incentives dragged the price down.

Background: It’s been a tough year for real estate. Yes, housing demand outweighs supply, but high interest rates are suppressing sales. Thus, incentives are needed.

Stock Price: Lennar is up 6% this year, but down 5% in the last 30 days.

Final Thoughts: Until rates are cut, some homebuilders will continue to struggle.


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Notable Earnings Today: KB Home (NYSE: KBH), America's Car-Mart (Nasdaq: CRMT), Cognyte Software (Nasdaq: CGNT), Patterson Companies (Nasdaq: PDCO).

Notable IPOs Today: Flag Ship Acquisition Corp. Unit (Nasdaq: FSHPU), Nova Minerals Limited (NYSE American: NVA), Lionheart Holdings Unit (Nasdaq: CUBWU), BlackRock Long-Term U.S. Equity ETF (Nasdaq: BELT), BlackRock High Yield ETF (Nasdaq: BRHY).

Notable Equity Crowdfunding Campaigns Ending Today: Jurny (StartEngine).

Notable Economic Events Today: Retail Sales / Core Retail Sales (8:30 a.m. ET), Industrial Production (9:15 a.m. ET), Business Inventories (10:00 a.m. ET), Retail Inventories (10:00 a.m. ET), Atlanta Fed GDPNow (1:00 p.m. ET), TIC Net Long-Term Transactions (4:00 p.m. ET), API Weekly Crude Oil Stock (4:30 p.m. ET).

XRP Finally Has a Good Day in 2024

The price of XRP, the name of the cryptocurrency for the fintech platform Ripple, finally had a good day on Monday with a nearly 4% gain.

Details: XRP jumped because David Hirsch, the crypto enforcer for the SEC, announced he was leaving the agency.

Background: Ripple has been in an ongoing regulatory battle with the SEC, with Ripple having to pay fines. As a result, XRP is down 19% in 2024. It is one of the few major cryptos to be negative this year.

Final Thoughts: It is wise to avoid buying XRP until Ripple’s SEC challenges end.

La-Z-Boy’s Strong Outlook

Furniture company La-Z-Boy (NYSE: LZB) shot up 10.97% in after-hours trading on Mondy after posting strong financial results.

Financials: La-Z-Boy reported earnings of 95 cents per share in the past quarter and revenue of $554 million; both were better than expected.

Outlook: The company expects sales in the current quarter to be in the range of $475 million to $495 million, which was better than expected

Final Thoughts: La-Z-Boy was down 7% this year, so it’s good to see the company finally stabilize after a rough start to 2024.

Flight Delay: Boeing’s CEO Search Hits Some Snags (Wall Street Journal)

AI Can’t Take This Job (Yet): McDonald’s to end AI drive-through test with IBM (CNBC)

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