Is the homebuilder rally for real?August 22, 2012: 1:55 PM ET
Shares of homebuilders rallied Wednesday after Toll Brothers reported strong quarterly results and an industry group said home sales rose in July.
The nation's leading luxury homebuilder reported a 46% jump in net income to $61.6 million in the quarter ended July 31. Toll Brothers also said new contracts rose 57%, and its contract backlog grew 44% during the quarter.
The homebuilding sector was also supported by a report from the National Association of Realtors, which showed sales of existing homes rose 2.3% in July
StockTwits users debated the merits of the rally.
That's a good point. As housing has slowly started to recover, Toll Brothers' stock has steadily climbed higher, gaining more than 60% from the start of the year.
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Housing has taken such a beating that this time, the turnaround may be for real.
And that may put a temporary crimp in the bigger picture of the housing recovery.