) -- Homebuilder
swung to a profit in the first quarter, one of the winners of the expected turn in the housing market.
During the quarter, the company earned $85.1 million, or 68 cents a share, compared with a loss of $150.1 million, or $1.21 a share, in the year prior.
But revenue was nearly halved to $574 million from $1.13 billion last year.
Shares of the company closed up 4% to $11.32, but lost steam in after-market trading, falling 1%.
Earlier today the Commerce Department said
construction spending increased 0.3% in June
, surpassing analysts' forecast.
is also set to report its earnings today.
-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.
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