The company converted to a real-estate investment trust in 2010.
Will the numbers yield long-term growth for the homebuilder?
The economy, Europe and earnings, including reports from Goldman Sachs, eBay, Google and Microsoft, will command a lot of investor attention. And 4 big reports will help clarify whether the housing market is starting to mend.
Homebuilding stocks have recently rebounded strongly, and investors can now look to buy select stocks on future pullbacks.
The aluminum giant's earnings, due Monday and expected to be weak, may cause investors to forget about signs of a strengthening economy. JPMorgan Chase and Lennar also report. Worries about Europe and Iran won't go away.
Housing plays are rising, including the venerable paint supplier and a faucet maker backed by a top hedge fund manager.
A volatile 2011 may lead to a repeat performance in 2012. Investors may see some of that volatility in the week ahead. Important reports are due on jobs, manufacturing and auto sales.
Oil moves higher as Iran threatens again to block the Strait of Hormuz. Sears shares fall 27% on news it will close 100 to 120 stores because of poor sales. Consumer confidence rises. Stocks are ending 2011 about flat.
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