KB Home Stock Moves Higher Despite Earnings Miss

Analysts and options traders are targeting the stock

Assistant Editor
Sep 23, 2021 at 10:21 AM
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KB Home (NYSE:KBH) reported third-quarter earnings of $1.60 per share after the close yesterday, which is just shy of Wall Street's anticipated $1.62 per share, with revenue coming in below expectations as well. In response, Wedbush and RBC raised their price targets to $60 and $50, respectively, while Evercore ISI lowered its price objective to $63 from $65. At last check, KBH was up 3.4% to trade at $42.32. 

Over the last couple months, KB Home stock has found a ceiling at the $44 level. Meanwhile, the 200-day moving average appears to be keeping a lid on today's gains. However, long-term support still lingers at the 320-day moving average, and the equity is up 25.1% year-to-date. A short-term bounce may have already been in the cards for the security, per the stock's 14-day Relative Strength index (RSI) of 32, which sits right on the cusp of "oversold" territory. 

The equity's typically quiet options pits are teeming with life this morning. So far, 1,423 calls and 1,571 puts have crossed the tape, which is seven times the intraday average. The October 41 call is seeing the most activity.

Analysts are split on KBH. Of the eight in coverage, four carry a "strong buy" rating, with four a lukewarm "hold." Ahead of today's adjustments, the 12-month consensus price target sat at $54.60, and would've been a 30.4% premium to current levels. 

Elsewhere, short interest represents 6.2% of the stock's available float. In other words, it would take over three days to buy back these bearish bets, at KBH's average pace of trading. 

 

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