Relaxed Credit Standards at Fannie Mae Could Be a Jolt for This Homebuilder

Shares of the homebuilder Beazer Homes ( BZH) were climbing over 4% on Thursday following an upgrade of the stock at Wedbush to “Outperform” from “Neutral” with a $15 price target.

Wedbush analyst Jay McCanless argues that the Atlanta-based homebuilder will enter a growth phase in 2018 thanks to relaxed credit standards at Fannie Mae ( FNMA) , and its focus on entry-level consumers that will benefit from those lower lending criteria.

“Our view now is investors should start looking ahead to FY18,” McCanless noted.

“We estimate net community growth will be 4.1% Y/Y in FY18 versus a flat FY17 comp. The community growth we expect and BZH’s recent emphasis on more speculative homes per community should drive approximately 7.0% Y/Y order growth in FY18 versus our FY17 estimated comp of 2.5%,” he explained.

What’s Hot on TheStreet

Beware Tesla fanboys: Tesla (TSLA) burning money, but shareholders are the likely ones to blister and feel the pain. The standard 90-day corporate equity lockup period for Tesla, following its $402.5 million stock sale of March 16, ends Thursday TheStreet reports. As a result, Tesla will be free to conduct another stock offering as soon as Thursday, which is a real possibility given the electric car company’s debt situation, partly due to its Solar City investment, and need for additional cash. Any new issuance the company may seek would likely need to take place before July, which is when Tesla issues its quarterly report on car sales. Alternatively, an offering could come in late August after Tesla issues its quarterly financial report.

Shares could start to come under pressure.

Mining stocks get whipped: Global mining stocks found themselves in a hole Thursday TheStreet reports, after South Africa’s government said that at least 30% of domestic mining assets should be black-owned even if previous black owners sell their stakes. South African-exposed mining companies fell sharply in the wake of the announcement. London-listed Anglo American plc (AAUKF) tumbled 4.4% to 1,013 pence ($23.87) a share, South32 Ltd fell 4% to 158 pence, BHP Billiton plc (BHP) was down 2% to 1,155 pence, Rio Tinto (RIO) fell 2% to 3,079 pence and Glencore plc (GLNCY) fell 2.6% to 279.2 pence. South African gold producers were hit even harder. Sibanye Gold Ltd. (SBGLF) plummeted 6.7% to 1,562 South African rand ($121.38) and AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. (AU) fell 4.8% to 14,015 rand.

Amazon eyes a new prize: Amazon (AMZN) may be preparing a deal to buy Slack Technologies in a deal that could value the messaging startup group at more than $9 billion, TheStreet points out. With Microsoft’s (MSFT) deal for LinkedIn being well-received, this deal seems logical for an Amazon that is aggressively expanding into the cloud.

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