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Hello, Share Slammers. This old punter has been saying for some months that Blighty’s house builders are likely to see further rising share prices as something of a boom is going on. Well, one of them Barratt Developments (BDEV) has just issued a three month trading statement that says it’s having ‘a strong and sustained start to the new financial year’.
I am quite impressed today by two names that I do not own but probably should. That’s life in the investment world sometimes (actually quite often). But the key is to keep on looking.
The last time I moved was about fifteen years ago and I bought that without a mortgage in any case. In other words, I am of no interest for mortgage names and housebuilders. Nevertheless, even I have become a bit more interested in the sector over the last eighteen months as noted most recently a couple of months ago. One name I have commented on a few times is Barratt Developments (BDEV), which has published full year numbers this morning.
Hello, Share Plumpers. Shares in housebuilders are bowling ahead. One of those at the forefront of the advance is Barratt Developments (BDEV). It completed nearly 4,500 homes in the first quarter of this year. That’s up by nearly a third on this time last year. And 5.7% better than before the pandemic first struck. Plus, the group has been able to boost its cash pile to £1 billion.
Back in early February HERE I wrote ‘Barratt Developments really, really loves Help to Buy’ but had to admit that the share was going to go up a bit more. Since then the stock (BDEV) has moved a quid or so and now has a 775p stock price. So happy days for holders but, given the share price in early 2020 was only a little over 800p, is there anything left for shareholders to chase?
Hello, Share Followers. It seems optimism towards housebuilders has won another example of vindication. Barratt Developments (BDEV) has just announced a record half-year with 9,077 home completions. And that’s up by 9.2% on last time. My more brilliant colleague Chris Bailey likes those figures but allow me to proffer even more encouragement...
Back in September here, I was a bit sceptical about buying shares in homebuilder Barratt Developments (BDEV), on the basis that I have a lot of concern about initiatives such as Help to Buy, which is due to stop in early 2023. Whilst I preferred names such as bricks and mortar company Ibstock (IBST) - shares in which have gone up by well over a third in price since then - FTSE-100 giant Barratt Development has also performed pretty similarly. So what to make of today’s first half update?
Hello, Share Chasers. The great thing about my perpetually bullish stance on shares in British builders is that nothing seems to shake house prices. Not even the Covid scare has done anything to halt their unrelenting rise and rise. The main reason is that supply can't keep up with demand, but there are other catalysts too, like low-interest rates.
Hello, Share Grafters. A trading report just in from Barratt Developments (BDEV) helps to bear out what I’ve been saying about house builders and the virus – that it currently makes little difference to them. In the last three and a half months, the company put the last brick into 4,032 homes. That’s 780 up on the same period of 2019. The sales rate was better, too...
I have been a bit of a sceptic about the housebuilding sector for a while and got my pay-offs earlier this year. So on a quiet-ish day for regulatory news disclosures, I thought I would see how Barratt Developments (BDEV) was seeing life with the shares still over 30% off highs despite recent market advances. The company noted in its full year to the end of June numbers that by the balance sheet date, all operational sites had reopened. However, you can see the scars of the crisis, with full year completions down just shy of 30% but split (+8.1% in H1 and -58% in H2) and profits down, although there was 'modest house price inflation'...
Hello, Share Swappers. This family is thinking of moving house. A big choice must be made whether to wait until we sell our present abode while keeping our shares. Or to sell some shares to buy our new house, thus being able to afford two dwellings for the time being. It all depends on whether share prices will rise faster than house prices. And I rather think it’s safer to put more into property these days.
Hello, Share Bringers. You lucky members of shareprophets.com will know that I have a soft spot for Britain’s housebuilders. Supply can’t match demand and that’s the most powerful driver of share prices you can have. But what about that virus? Well, house prices hit an all-time record last
Hello, Share Swappers. You may recall that I generally support the chances of housebuilders continuing their resurgence as reasonable investments. And I rather think that companies which make swathes of new houses in the middle price range are the way forward...
Hello, Share Twisters. With three offspring who may buy their own homes in the next few years, I keenly appreciate the current shortage of houses. This gap between supply and demand will benefit all builders. But probably more so those companies whose homes are at the more reasonable end of the market. Earlier this month Barratt Developments (BDEV) reported encouraging figures...
Hello Share Buyers. House building is a funny old game for poor old share shifters like us. If house prices fall, as they seem to be doing now, you can bet your last dollar that builders' share prices will go down even faster. But my feeling is that continuing demand for homes and low interest rates will keep the sector bubbling up, especially for more affordable homes...
Hello Share Plungers. Should you fancy, as I do, that house prices will not be affected much more by Brexit, however the negotiations progress, then it might be worthing taking a peek at Barratt Developments (BDEV). Do we really believe that foreigners will stop scoffing our bricks and mortar just because its becomes slighter harder for Europeans to enter the country?
Hello, Share Tweakers. As someone who regularly sets himself up as an Aunt Sally for Tom’s entertaining bearcasts, I hesitate to commend a home builder to you. But I really think Barratt Developments (BDEV) is worthy of your support. And I base that view on its latest trading report.
Hello, Share Turners. Time was when comedians told jokes about Barratt houses. No longer. There is perky customer satisfaction. And though I have my detractors on this stupendous website, I still think Barratt Developments (BDEV) continues to go places fast. And so I fancy will the share price.
It’s been an eventful few days for UK house builders, with numerous earnings announcements over the last week coinciding with speculation about the future of the Government’s flagship ‘Help to Buy’ subsidy scheme. As a result, we’ve seen daily returns and sentiment levels in the sector fluctuate more than usual over the course of the week. This week’s chart shows abnormal tipster and broker sentiment levels (above/below the 6-week average) towards a portfolio of eleven house builders over the last few days. It also shows returns for the same companies over the same period.
Hello, Share Snackers. The building sector is an interesting one. And previously I've sounded optimism for building firms. After which, we've seen some big increases in share prices.
Hello, Share Chuckers. As I bring you promising companies which may have escaped your notice on office days, there’s time to explain my general methods at the weekend. I can’t expect you to follow my various suggestions unless you know my lines of thought. So, for those of you wise enough to subscribe to this essential website, here goes.
Hello, Share Tanglers. The idea of living on a Barratt housing estate used to fill me with dread, but a lot of folk seem to like its houses nowadays, so I humbly suggest you look at the shares.
Hello Share Samplers. At the risk of annoying some of my gloomier detractors, I continue to argue that house builders are a good investment at the mo. A good friend of mine has just bought a large house in a very swish part of the Smoke. I admit this could be a mistake, as some London house prices are under threat because of Brexit. Fewer rich foreigners will buy here, it is argued, because the capital will no longer be seen as the centre of the financial universe.
Hello Share Freakies. There are those among us who feel that house prices in Britain have peeked. Uncle Tom is one. But I just can’t see it. If one thing drives demand more than anything else it is shortage of supply. And everyone knows that there are simply not enough houses and flats to go around.
I think it was six years ago that we all thought low interest rates would not last. They have, and there is no sign, as far as I can see, that they will rise any time soon. They may even continue to bump along at their present lowly level for another six years.
Hello Share Fans. I hate the expression 'no-brainer', so I won't use it in the context of buying shares in Barratt Developments (BDEV).
Hello Share Totters. When I said a month or two ago that British housebuilding firms were a good investment, I did not realise how right I was going to be.
In February I published a detailed comment on housebuilder and FTSE 250 constituent Barratt Developments (BDEV), stating that a recent upbeat trading statement meant that then upcoming results should contain no nasty surprises but that for a cyclical company seemingly approaching the top of the cycle, the valuation was simply too high. Now, post the results, the following updates my view…
FTSE 250 listed, Housebuilder Barratt Developments (BDEV) issued an upbeat trading statement on 16th January covering the six months to 31st December and there is little doubt that the results out next week will contain no nasty surprises. The company has a forward order book equivalent to around four months of sales and as such there is no reason to expect any great change in trading in the second half. Yet with house prices now on a multiple of average wages seem only once before in living memory ( 2007) and with the normal catalyst for a house price correction ( a rise in interest rates) surely only a matter of time the current rating looks untenable.
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