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What: Shares of homebuilder KB Home
So what: Hurt by 32% drop in orders and hefty charges, KB's first-quarter loss widened to $1.49 per share, versus the average analyst estimate of just a $0.30 per-share loss. Government tax credits for first-time homebuyers helped boost KB's year-ago orders, but now its focus on that very same demographic, coupled with heavy exposure to the West Coast, seem to be coming back to bite the company.
Now what: I wouldn't be so quick to pounce on today's plunge. Unfortunately, sales and prices of new homes continue to decline at a record pace, so it's tough to see how any homebuilder will be able to turn things around anytime soon -- just last week, rival Lennar
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