Toll Brothers' Good News Moves Homebuilders - TheStreet



) -- Luxury homebuilder

Toll Brothers

(TOL) - Get Report

announced that its new contracts are up 42%, and that it expects fourth-quarter revenue will top Wall Street's expectations.

From preliminary fourth-quarter results, the company said it predicts revenue of $486.6 million. Granted, that is significantly lower than the $691.1 million from last year, but it is also $100 million more than analysts forecast.

The news sent shares spiking 14.3% to $21.02 in morning trading.

The contract cancellation rate was 6.9%, the lowest since the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005.

Buyers signed 765 contracts for homes valued at $430.8 million during the quarter.

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The company expects the extension of the tax credit for homebuyers will help sales, but still warned that the housing recovery will be slow and choppy, despite some positive data in the sector.

Toll will report its final results on Dec. 3. Analysts expect a loss of 37 cents.

On Tuesday,

Beazer Homes

(BZH) - Get Report

announced that it

swung into profit it its fourth-quarter

, but still saw a 42% plunge in revenue. Similar to Toll, the company is seeing new orders slightly rebound.

Pulte Homes

(PHM) - Get Report

, however, reported that its

loss widened in its third quarter

, as it was weighed down by its acquisition of



Toll's optimism led up shares of other homebuilders.

KB Home

(KBH) - Get Report

, is growing 5.6% to $15.50, Pulte Homes is rising 5.6% to $9.99,


(LEN) - Get Report

, is jumping 5.2% to $15.05,


(MDC) - Get Report

, is gaining 4.3% to $33.64 and

D.R. Horton

(DHI) - Get Report

, is advancing 4.9% to $12.25.

-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York

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