Demand for homes boosted Lennar Corp.'s third-quarter revenue and profit, topping Wall Street expectations.
Shares rose 4 percent before regular trading Tuesday, following the results.
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The Miami-based homebuilder said profit rose 5.6 percent to $249.2 million, or $1.06 per share. Revenue surged 15 percent to $3.26 billion. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.01 per share, while five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $3.22 billion in revenue.
Deliveries of new homes rose 12 percent during the quarter, while new orders jumped 8 percent. The value of those new orders rose 14 percent to $2.9 billion.
"These results were supported by strong demand for homes, low unemployment, favorable interest rates and increased consumer confidence which are all signs of a very healthy homebuilding market," said CEO Stuart Miller.
Lennar shares have risen 23 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has increased 13 percent. The stock has risen 25 percent in the last 12 months.
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