In yet another sign of negative sentiment surrounding the housing sector, investors gave only a slight bump to D.R. Horton ( DHI) Tuesday morning after the nation's largest homebuilder said orders for the latest quarter increased 33% to $3.8 billion.

The numbers beat several analyst estimates but failed to help builders recover from Monday's bloodbath. On Tuesday, D.R. Horton rose 7 cents to $31.89 and Pulte Homes ( PHM) added 15 cents to $36.55. But the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Housing Sector index fell 0.36%.

D.R. Horton reported that on a unit basis, orders for the quarter ended Sept. 30 rose 25% from a year ago to 13,950. Orders were up in all geographic markets.

Orders rose 55% in the Southwest, 51% in the Southeast, 27% in the Midwest, 26% in the Mid-Atlantic and 16% in the West.

"Contrary to investor fears that the housing market has peaked and sales are slowing down, we believe these results illustrate that the housing market remains on a solid footing, and DHI is positioned to continue to take market share from the smaller private builders," wrote JMP Securities analyst James Wilson in a research note. JMP provides investment banking services to D.R. Horton.

On Monday, homebuilding shares fell, with the Philadelphia Housing Sector index closing down 2.6%. The index was pressured by declines of 4% or more in Toll Brothers ( TOL), Hovnanian ( HOV), Lennar ( LEN) and other builders.

More from Personal Finance

U.S. Banks Urged to Make Small Loans In Competition With Payday Lenders

U.S. Banks Urged to Make Small Loans In Competition With Payday Lenders

How to Void a Check

How to Void a Check

Rent the Runway co-founder Chats with Cramer on Equal Pay and a Good Pair Jeans

Rent the Runway co-founder Chats with Cramer on Equal Pay and a Good Pair Jeans

Best Real Estate Markets for Homeowners in the U.S.

Best Real Estate Markets for Homeowners in the U.S.

How to Be a Winner Like Legendary Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch

How to Be a Winner Like Legendary Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch