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KB Home cuts earnings forecast

Home builder cites decline in new home orders

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KB Home, one of the nation's largest home builders, on Wednesday cut its full-year profit forecast, citing a challenging housing market and a decline in new home orders. The Los Angeles-based company now expects diluted earnings per share of $8-$8.50 for the full fiscal year, and anticipates earnings for the third quarter, which ended Aug. 31, to range from $1.85-$1.95 per diluted share. Preliminary net orders for the third quarter were down 43 percent to 5,989 units compared to the previous year's quarter. Higher cancellation rates in many of KB Home's markets continue to adversely affect net orders, the company said in a statement. Also, traffic to KB Home's new home communities and gross unit orders each showed an 11 percent decline from last year. "Our earnings expectations for the third quarter and full year reflect an increasingly challenging housing market, where the supply of new and resale home inventories has built up in recent months in markets that have experienced rapid ...