For over a year, homebuilding stocks have been among the hottest in the world.
It’s one thing to jump on the bandwagon when things are getting better, it’s quite another to jump off of it when everyone around you, not to mention your own company’s earnings, would seem to confirm that sentiment. But that’s just what Donald J. Tomnitz, CEO of D.R. Horton, the nation’s largest homebuilder by volume did.
“I still don’t see a lot of jobs being created,” he told an earnings conference call, sending his company’s stock down when it should have been riding higher on a 24 percent year-over-year jump in new orders for homes. He is concerned about the future of this fledgling housing recovery, and he has reason to be. Mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures are driven by unemployment.