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BusinessWeek Special - Bonfire of the Builders
Saturday, 04 August 2007

                   BusinessWeek - Cover Stories
             Top Story
         Bonfire of the Builders      
How they helped bring on the housing crisis—and how far the damage will spread 
BusinessWeek Executive Editor John Byrne and Banking Editor Mara Der Hovanesian discuss how by rushing into the mortgage business big-time, homebuilders helped fuel the housing crisis. Now they’re hurting—and so is Wall Street  
Read more: Bonfire Of The Builders                                

                       Chart: Builders' Woes

Homebuilding Sector Performance

Rank Company Name Market Capitalization ($M) Total Return (%) YTD % Growth in New Orders % Growth in New Home Closings % Chg.in Avg. Price of Homes Closed
1 D.R. Horton 5,496.9 -33.2 -36.7 -22.1 -6.52
2 Pulte Homes 5,237.1 -38.0 -20.8 -37.0 -1.79
3 Lennar Corporation 5,076.1 -38.7 -27.2 -2.8 -7.06
4 Centex Corporation 4,692.6 -30.5 -21.1 -14.2 0.00
5 Toll Brothers 3,658.2 -26.7 -33.5 -17.0 -1.96
6 NVR 3,225.4 -10.8 7.8 -9.6 0.51
7 KB Home 2,882.4 -36.6 -12.0 -15.8 -5.43
8 M.D.C. Holdings 2,113.7 -18.2 -32.7 -37.4 2.01
9 Ryland Group 1,375.0 -39.6 -25.7 -35.2 1.02
10 Standard Pacific Corp. 1,027.5 -40.6 -21.6 -24.5 1.98
11 Hovnanian Enterprises 689.5 -57.2 -23.3 -15.1 7.41
12 Beazer Homes USA 656.5 -64.1 -3.3 -35.8 -4.11
13 Brookfield Homes Corporation 629.0 -36.7 26.0 -22.9 10.88
14 Meritage Homes Corporation 562.3 -55.1 -20.0 -29.0 -4.18
15 WCI Communities 516.3 -35.9 -41.0 NA NA
16 M/I Homes 361.0 -32.6 -17.2 -15.4 2.35
17 TOUSA 194.9 -67.9 -16.5 -2.3 1.92
18 Tarragon Corporation 181.3 -48.1 -38.6 -46.8 1.24
19 Levitt Corporation 170.7 -25.0 NM -17.5 26.39
20 Orleans Homebuilders 145.2 -58.1 6.6 -39.7 2.91
21 Dominion Homes 38.8 -13.8 -54.1 -47.6 5.15
22 Comstock Homebuilding Companies 29.2 -63.1 -60.3 17.0 0.92
21 Sector Median 673.0 -37.4 -21.6 -22.1 1.02

* data as of 7/24/2007

** The 2007Q1 period is intended to reflect performance from 1/1/2007-3/31/2007. Actual fiscal period may vary by company.

Source: SNL Financial, Charlottesville, VA 

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