Shares of PulteGroup (PHM) on Thursday jumped after the homebuilder reported second-quarter results that topped analyst estimates and said it paid down the $700 million it had borrowed as a precaution in March when the coronavirus pandemic started.
The Atlanta company in the second quarter earned an adjusted $1.15 a share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet were expecting PulteGroup to report earnings of 87 cents a share.
Revenue rose 4.2% from a year earlier to $2.59 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet were looking for $2.53 billion.
"Following a period of demand weakness beginning in late March and into April as covid-19 first impacted the country, new-home sales experienced a material acceleration as the second quarter progressed," Chief Executive Ryan Marshall said in a statement.
Home-sales revenue reflected a 6% increase in closings, to 5,937 homes. That was partly offset by a 3% decrease in average sales price to $416,000.
Net new orders fell 4% year over year to 6,522 homes with an average sales price of $410,000, down from $426,000 a year ago.
Gross margin for the quarter rose 0.08 percentage point from a year earlier to 23.9%.
PulteGroup shares at last check rose 9.1% to $43.01.
Peer homebuilder Meritage Homes (MTH) also reported for the second quarter, with earnings up 82% to $2.38 a share. The Scottsdale, Ariz., builder's stock recently was up 3.7% at $92.67.
Other homebuilders also rode the positive investor sentiment during Thursday's session, with M.D.C. Holdings (MDC) climbing 3.4%, Beazer Homes (BZH) gaining 1.2%, Lennar (LEN) rising 1.3%, KB Home (KBH) gaining 2.5%, and Toll Brothers (TOL) rising 1.1%.