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Lennar shares edge up, outperforming major indices ahead of earnings

Published Nov 14, 2023 09:58
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NEW YORK - Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN), a prominent player in the home construction industry, experienced a slight uptick in its stock price at the close of Monday's trading session. The company's shares ended at $122.25, marking a modest 0.04% gain, which notably outperformed the broader market indices. While the S&P 500 saw a slight decline of 0.08%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped by 0.22%, Lennar's shares bucked the trend, although they did not match the Dow Jones Industrial Average's 0.16% increase.

Investors and market analysts are turning their attention to Lennar's upcoming earnings report. Expectations are set for an earnings per share (EPS) of $4.63, which would represent a 7.77% decrease from the same quarter of the previous year. However, projected revenues tell a different story with an anticipated increase of 1.59% to $10.34 billion compared to last year's figures.

Looking at the broader picture, analysts forecast that Lennar's full-year earnings per share will reach $13.59, while revenue is expected to touch $33.69 billion. These projections suggest a significant yearly EPS decrease of 22.56%, but a marginal revenue growth of 0.07%.

The company is currently rated with a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), which often denotes potential outperformance in the near term. Moreover, Lennar's Forward Price-to-Earnings (P/E) ratio stands at 8.99, slightly above the industry average of 8.39, implying that investors may be willing to pay a premium for its shares.

Lennar is part of the Building Products - Home Builders industry within the Construction sector, which holds a Zacks Industry Rank of 58, placing it within the top quartile—specifically, the top 24%—of all tracked industries. This ranking reflects the collective analytical perspective on the industry's near-term growth prospects. Additionally, compared to an average Price/Earnings to Growth (PEG) ratio of 0.67 for its industry peers, Lennar's current stock performance and future earnings expectations suggest that it may be trading at a premium.

With this impending earnings release and Lennar's stock performance in mind, market participants are keenly watching how these financial results will potentially influence the company's stock in an ever-shifting economic landscape.

InvestingPro Insights

In the context of the upcoming earnings report, InvestingPro's real-time data and tips provide some valuable insights. Lennar Corporation's market capitalization stands at a robust 34.76 billion USD, with a P/E ratio of 8.41, indicating a relatively low price for each dollar of earnings, and an adjusted P/E ratio of 8.75 as of Q3 2023. The company's revenue growth for the last twelve months as of Q3 2023 is 4.73%, despite a slight quarterly dip of -2.29% in Q3 2023.

InvestingPro Tips further enrich our understanding of Lennar's performance. The company yields a high return on invested capital and has managed to maintain dividend payments for an impressive 46 consecutive years. This is underpinned by strong earnings that allow management to continue these payments. Additionally, Lennar operates with a high return on assets, and its liquid assets exceed short term obligations, indicating sound financial health.

For investors interested in more such insights, InvestingPro offers an additional 11 tips related to Lennar's performance and prospects. These insights form a part of the comprehensive InvestingPro package, designed to empower investors with the most relevant data and tips for informed decision-making.

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