Short Sellers Boost Bet Against Homebuilders (June 2007)

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Stock Tickers: XHB, DHI, LEN, PHM, CTX, TOL, NVR, KBH, MDC, RYL, SPF, BZH, HOV

This can’t be a shock considering ‘how great’ the housing market is and how many new homes are selling in the US.  There was a boost to the short selling in US-based homebuilding stocks.  Oddly enough, the SPDR Hombuilder ETF (HXB) saw a fairly large drop, which means that traders are using this as a hedging instrument or they are deciding to go after the basket to to minimize headline risk in any one name.  We could have listed 1- more homebuilders, but we cut the list off at the $1 Billion market cap line.

Here are the changes in the number of shares in the Short Interest:

Stock    (Ticker)                    JUNE      MAY        Change
DR Horton (DHI)                30.14M    28.52M    +5.9%
Centex (CTX)                        17.2M    16.3M       +5.4%
Toll Brothers (TOL)            23.67M    22.75M    +4%
NVR Inc.(NVR)                      1.31M    961K        +40%
MDC Holdings (MDC)         7.19M    6.82M        +5.4%   
Ryland Group (RYL)            9.97M    9.43M        +5.6%
Standard Pacific (SPF)       16.92M   16.28M    +3.9%
Hovnanaian (HOV)              18.61M   17.52M    +6.2%
Lennar (LEN)                        15.52M   15.6M       -0.8%
Pulte Homs (PHM)               25.03M   25.13M    -0.4%
KB Home (KBH)                    17.64M   17.7M      -1.2%
Beazer Homes (BZH)           14.63M  15.96M    -8.3%

Jon C. Ogg
June 22, 2007

Jon Ogg can be reached at jonogg@247wallst.com; he does not own securities in the companies he covers.