Category Archives: Construction

U.S. Home Buyers Return To The Market, But Can Builders Deliver?

Home Prices Continue to Rise in May 2012 According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

Data through May 2012, released today by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that average home prices increased by 2.2% in May over April for both the 10- and 20-City Composites. To access click here: S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices – July 2012

Home Prices Rise in April 2012 According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

Data through April 2012, released today by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that on average home prices increased 1.3% in the month of April for both the 10- and 20-City Composites. To access click here: S&P/Case-Shiller Homes Price Indices – June 2012

May U.S. Housing Starts Dropped by 4.8% to a 708,000 Unit Pace

U.S. housing starts dropped by 4.8% to a 708,000 unit pace in May, which was much weaker than the 725,000 expected by consensus and our 720,000 forecast. However, it comes after April starts were upwardly revised to a 744,000 unit pace (was 717,000 units). March starts were also upwardly revised to 706,000 units from 699,000. […]

The Credit Overhang: The Differing Recovery Trajectories Of U.S. Auto Companies and Homebuilders

U.S. automakers and homebuilders both operate in markets that are highly cyclical. Each cycle has had somewhat different dynamics. However, industry specifics aside, these two sectors have generally been similarly affected by economic downturns. In terms of credit quality, the recession that began in 2007 had severe effects on issuers in both sectors: General Motors […]

With Elections Looming, What’s In Store For Mexico’s Housing Industry?

Will Mexico’s upcoming elections lay a new foundation for Mexico’s housing sector? Are homebuilders prepared to address sustainability, adapt to changes in regulation, and shape new markets? In this CreditMatters TV segment, Standard & Poor’s Associate Fernanda Hernandez discusses the key trends shaping the sector and our expectations for the intermediate term. Click here to […]

Economic Update: Still Looking For a Bounce

This week showed that housing starts tumbled in March. The surprise in the report was a hefty drop in multi-family home construction. And to add more fuel to housing market worries, builder confidence for April fell three notches from the March level. But although U.S. consumers aren’t buying up homes in large numbers right now, […]

Economic Update: Feb. U.S. Construction Spending Declined 1.1%

February U.S. construction spending fell 1.1% month-over-month, which was much weaker than the 0.7% increase expected by consensus. I also comes after January was revised downward to a 0.8 drop (previously down 0.1%). Residential spending was flat in February, after January was revised down to a 0.1% drop (was up 1.6%). Nonresidential spending fell another […]

A New Foundation: Different Fundamentals for Housing Finance

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services’ U.S. Public Finance Housing Conference brings together respected industry participants with our team of housing analysts to discuss key topics in the affordable housing industry. The 2012 conference theme is “A New Foundation: Different Fundamentals for Housing Finance.” The conference will be held April 30-May 2, 2012, in Huntington Beach, […]

Live Webcast and Q&A: Is the U.S. Housing Market Bottoming Out?

We will be giving live updates to S&P’s Housing Webcast Q&A starting at 12:00PM EST today on HousingViews.com.  It is not too late to register for the event, just click here. Topics  include: U.S. not-for-profit housing, Corporate homebuilders and REITs, and Residential mortgage-backed securities. Stay tuned!    

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