News stories about KB Home (NYSE:KBH) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. KB Home earned a coverage optimism score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the construction company an impact score of 46.597787160824 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Shares of KBH opened at $24.75 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.21 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.38, a P/E/G ratio of 0.50 and a beta of 1.38. KB Home has a 52 week low of $20.68 and a 52 week high of $38.80.

KB Home (NYSE:KBH) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, June 28th. The construction company reported $0.57 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.48 by $0.09. The business had revenue of $1.10 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.05 billion. KB Home had a return on equity of 12.31% and a net margin of 2.67%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 9.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.33 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that KB Home will post 2.86 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, August 16th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 2nd were paid a $0.025 dividend. This represents a $0.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.40%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, August 1st. KB Home’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 5.41%.

A number of research firms recently commented on KBH. Citigroup upped their price objective on KB Home from $27.00 to $28.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 27th. Credit Suisse Group reduced their price objective on KB Home from $32.00 to $29.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, June 29th. Bank of America upgraded KB Home from an “underperform” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price objective for the company from $32.00 to $37.00 in a research report on Friday, June 29th. Barclays upgraded KB Home from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Friday, June 29th. Finally, ValuEngine cut KB Home from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. KB Home has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $31.00.

In other news, insider Jeffrey T. Mezger sold 125,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.12, for a total value of $3,015,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 811,287 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $19,568,242.44. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Jeffrey T. Mezger sold 272,818 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $23.39, for a total value of $6,381,213.02. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 861,287 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $20,145,502.93. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 497,818 shares of company stock valued at $11,752,213. Corporate insiders own 8.60% of the company’s stock.

KB Home Company Profile

KB Home operates as a homebuilding company in the United States. It builds and sells various homes, including attached and detached single-family residential homes, townhomes, and condominiums primarily for first-time, first move-up, and active adult homebuyers. The company also provides property and casualty insurance, as well as earthquake, flood, and personal property insurance to its homebuyers; title services; and mortgage banking services, including residential mortgage loan originations to its homebuyers.

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