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(Reuters) – Toll Brothers Inc’s (TOL.N) falling average selling price (ASP) signals a new normal for luxury homebuilders in the United States as they sell more, but lower-priced homes, to thrifty millennials.
Toll reported its third straight quarter of ASP declines on Tuesday and forecast its first annual drop in home prices in seven years.
“We have to work harder to sell larger units at higher price points although we are not competing in the super tall or super expensive condominium product,” Toll CEO Douglas Yearley said, talking about the company’s City Living Urban condominium unit.
Toll, which typically makes homes that cost nearly $1 million, introduced a range of homes starting from $330,000 earlier this year, aimed at young and affluent first-time buyers. The cheapest Toll home costs upward of $200,000.
“The biggest opportunity right now is in the more affordable market where perhaps margins are little bit smaller but there is extraordinary demand,” said Aaron Terrazas, senior economist at online real estate marketplace Zillow.
Nearly a quarter of Toll’s orders this year were from millennial households where one buyer was 35 years of age or younger.
Toll’s predicament is indicative of the changing mindset of millennials, who are fiscally prudent, and either want to buy cheaper homes, or rent.
“What we have seen is that some life events such as getting married and having children – a lot of millennials are postponing some of those and … want to stay close to the city so their are looking for more affordable products,” said Robert Rulla, a director at Fitch Ratings.
Homebuilders including D.R. Horton Inc (DHI.N), the country’s biggest, and Meritage Homes Corp (MTH.N) have also introduced cheaper homes in the past few years.
Toll’s third-quarter ASP fell 6 percent fell but volumes rose 26 percent. The company expects ASP to range between $800,000 to $825,000 in the fiscal year ending October, down from $847,700, a year earlier, and volumes to rise 15 percent to 20 percent.
The trend of homebuilders selling more lower-priced homes is likely to continue in the near future even as average prices of new homes in the United States touch record highs, industry experts said.
The median price for new homes sold rose to $316,200 in 2016 from $246,500 in 2006, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Lower-priced homes come with smaller margins, but have quicker delivery times because they are easier to build.
“I think most homebuilders are going to take a hit on the margins and sell lower priced homes. It is going to be a volume game going forward,” said Tania Onbek, owner of Connecticut-based mortgage broker On Deck Mortgage Services.
“Millennials are now thinking twice before splurging on buying a plush home … and investors in the homebuilding industry should get used to this.”
Reporting by Arunima Banerjee and Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Ankit Ajmera, Rachit Vats and Sweta Singh; Editing by Sayantani Ghosh
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TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks steadied on Wednesday, taking a breather after the previous day’s surge, lacking the momentum to keep up with a global rally spurred by gains for tech shares on Wall Street and miners in Europe.
The dollar initially wobbled against the yen following campaign-rally threats by U.S. President Donald to force a government shutdown over funding a border wall, but it eventually squared the losses.
Spreadbetters expected a mixed start for European stocks, forecasting Britain’s FTSE .FTSE would open 0.15 percent lower, Germany’s DAX .GDAXI to start 0.05 percent higher and France’s CAC .FCHI to open unchanged.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS, which initially inched up to a two-week high, pulled back to stand little changed following a 0.7 percent rally on Tuesday.
Australian stocks were down 0.3 percent and South Korea’s KOSPI .KS11 gave back earlier modest gains to slip 0.1 percent.
Japan’s Nikkei .N225 bucked the trend and rose 0.3 percent, lifted as the dollar strengthened against the yen.
The Nikkei took its cues from Wall Street, which saw the Dow .DJI rise 0.9 percent, the S&P 500 .SPX climb 1 percent and the Nasdaq .IXIC gain 1.4 percent on Tuesday as technology shares rallied. [.N]
European stocks had also risen overnight, supported by upbeat results from miners and a weaker euro. [.EU]
Financial markets have been buffeted in recent weeks by heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula, turmoil in the White House, and growing doubts about Trump’s ability to fulfil his economic agenda.
Stocks, however, continue to attract buyers in an environment where bond yields remain relatively low and companies have largely notched up strong earnings.
“The return of bargain hunters after a shallow correction in U.S. markets again demonstrates that investors are reluctant to reduce exposure to equity markets given low bond yields, solid profit growth and a lower US$,” said Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney.
“In a situation where earnings yields on stocks remain attractive in relation to bond yields, investors are reluctant to respond too negatively to ‘risk events’ unless they represent a clear and present short-term danger.”
The dollar was flat at 109.535 yen JPY=, coming off the day’s low of 109.370 plumbed after President Trump told supporters in Arizona “If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall” in reference to his pledge to tighten immigration at the U.S.-Mexican border.
The greenback remained clear of a four-month low of 108.605 yen plumbed last week, when turmoil in the White House and geopolitical tensions took a toll on the currency.
“The dollar had been caught in a downtrend amid ebbing expectations towards U.S. inflation. It requires a surge in U.S. shares to break this pattern and that is what happened as Wall Street rallied,” said Junichi Ishikawa, senior FX strategist at IG Securities in Tokyo.
The dollar also drew support as U.S. Treasury yields rose and pulled away from two-month lows as some of the risk aversion that gripped the broader markets last week began to ebb.
The dollar index against a basket of six major currencies was little changed at 93.514 .DXY after rising 0.5 percent the previous day.
The euro was steady at $1.1759 EUR= after slipping about 0.5 percent overnight following weaker-than-expected German investor confidence.
A gathering of global central bankers on Friday in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has also prompted investors to rebalance their currency positions ahead of the event, leading them to reduce some of their short dollar bets.
Speeches from Fed Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will headline the event, although neither are expected to announce any significant policy.
In commodities, Brent crude LCOc1 slipped 0.35 percent to $51.69 a barrel after data from the American Petroleum Institute showed a crude stockpile decline largely in line with expectations and a surprise build in gasoline inventories.
Improving Libyan output also added to oversupply concerns in the crude oil market. [O/R]
Copper retreated from a three-year high, and other base metals also fell or trimmed gains, as speculators and funds locked in some profits after a steep rally. [MET/L]
Copper on the London Metal Exchange CMCU3 was down 0.3 percent at $6,562.50 per tonne after striking $6,649 on Tuesday, the highest since November 2014.
Spot gold XAU= was a shade higher at $1,285.50 an ounce, after losing 0.5 percent overnight as the precious metal felt the pressure from a stronger dollar. Spot gold had reached a nine-month high above $1,300.00 an ounce on Friday.
Reporting by Shinichi Saoshiro; Editing by Shri Navaratnam and Eric Meijer
Despite the Obama Administration’s rejection of the proposed plan (it saw the project as unnecessary since it planned to close Guantanamo), Trump’s Department of Defense and Congress supported it.
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In a statement, the Defense Health Agency said it’s looking to replace the current 12-bed hospital, which has been renovated many times since it was built in 1956. One goal for the new building is for it to withstand earthquakes that occur throughout the area.
The Trump Administration plans to spend almost $500 million in construction at Guantanamo.
The Miami Herald reported that projects will include:
$250 million to build a Navy-requested, five-bed hospital;
$124 million to build new Army barracks for 848 prison troops, which need to be complete in 2021; and
$100 million for the Pentagon to build a skeletal structure to house a migrant tent city, as well as housing for 5,000 U.S. troops.
Not So Fast
In response to the high cost of the replacement hospital, which it noted would cost “$50 million per bed” to build, the Senate Armed Services Committee has asked that Defense Secretary James Mattis conduct a “comprehensive study” to propose that the Pentagon run numbers on the cost of sending families to distant locations such as Guantanamo.
In a statement, the Defense Health Agency said it’s looking to replace the current 12-bed hospital, which has been renovated many times since it was built in 1956. One goal for the new building is for it to withstand earthquakes that occur throughout the area. The hospital serves between 3,200 and 5,500 people on the base who use TriCare, the Pentagon’s healthcare system.
In addition, the hospital occasionally cares for the 41 war-on-terror prisoners and the 1,500 troops who work at the Detention Center, although they do have a clinic of their own to use. Construction is currently in progress for a new $8.4 million clinic for the prisoners.
The Army’s proposed barracks would put troops into two dormitory-esque buildings far away from the Detention Center. Despite the Obama Administration’s rejection of the proposed plan (it saw the project as unnecessary since it planned to close Guantanamo), Trump’s Department of Defense and Congress have supported it. Provided it secures funds from Congress sometime in the near future, the barracks should be completed by 2021, the Miami Herald reported.
The Migrant Camp
A little history about the migrant camp’s site:
In 2007, the Bush Administration spent $17 million to prepare a site on the base for pop-up tent cities that could house 30,000 migrants.
During that time, Florida contractor Islands Mechanical leveled the fields, constructed cement block bath houses and set up sewage treatment capacity.
In addition, the Navy contributed $6 million for a firm to check the space for unexploded explosives from old firing ranges close by.
At this time, the Navy is accepting site bids for demolition, and building concrete slabs for kitchen areas, dumpsters and a headquarters building. In addition, there are plans to build a public-address system on top of utility poles, the Miami Herald reported.
Congress already allocated $33 million in funds for the project in its 2017 budget. Although the Navy did say it was in charge of the bidding process, it did not address why it needed the additional $67 million.
Craig McArton, executive vice president and COO of Fabick Cat, thanks the customers and employees of Fabick Cat for attending.
Fabick Cat, one of the oldest and most successful Caterpillar dealers in the world, according to the company, serves a six-state region that includes major portions of Missouri and Illinois, one county each in Kansas and Oklahoma, the entire state of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The company is celebrating its centennial anniversary throughout 2017 with several different customer, community and employee events, including an open house that took place at its St. Louis headquarters on July 28. The event began at 10:00 a.m. with community, charity and antique tractor displays. In addition to enjoying a lunch buffet, the roughly 1,500 guests in attendance could take a guided tour of the sprawling facility, check out vintage equipment, learn more about local charity organizations and even meet with St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues alumni.
The day’s festivities were capped off in a very special and meaningful way with the Fabick family surprising six of the company’s charitable partners with a $100,000 donation each to commemorate Fabick’s 100 years in operation. The organizations honored were:
1. The MASTERS:
Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society — providing financial aid for a trooper’s immediate surviving family member (wife or husband) and children if he or she is killed in the line of duty.
2. St. Louis Police Foundation:
Supporting the difficult work of the St. Louis Metropolitan and St. Louis County Police Departments through the donation of funds, goods and services.
3. SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital:
Helping make the delivery of exceptional health care, in state-of-the-art facilities, available to all children in need of care.
4. Boy Scouts of America, Greater St. Louis Area Council:
Helping train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities and educational programs.
5. Wings of Hope:
An aviation non-profit delivering humanitarian programs around the globe to lift people in need towards self-sufficiency.
A non-profit organization that awards Segways to severely injured veterans to help solve mobility issues in a manner which is both psychologically uplifting and physically beneficial.
“For 100-years, Fabick Cat has supplied equipment and services that help make progress possible and improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Doug Fabick, Fabick Cat CEO. “Since 1917, our motto has always been, ‘To Ever Serve Our Customers Better.’ To this day, these words remain the foundation of our success.”
Company President Jeré Fabick emphasized that commitment to service also applies to community support.
“As a family-owned business spanning five generations, Fabick Cat has a long history of giving back, and we are honored to affirm this deep commitment to our community by making this $600,000 contribution to our charitable partners.”
Continuing its centennial celebration on July 29, Fabick Cat also partnered with the St. Louis Cardinals to allow the first 30,000 fans to take home a Replica 1919 jersey, courtesy of Fabick Cat, when the St. Louis Cardinals hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks. 4,000 Fabick Cat employees and families, retirees, customers and friends were provided tickets to the game. In addition, as a special thanks to the St. Louis community, Fabick Cat sponsored Jersey night and fireworks at Busch Stadium. The game set an all-time attendance record.
A U.S.-Norwegian company, Kolos, has chosen the tiny, remote Norwegian coastal town of Ballangen as the site of what is to be the world’s largest data center. The site was selected for its ability to provide the clean power and low-cost cooling needed by the growing data storage demands of mega-customers such as Facebook and Google.
The 6.4-million-sq. ft., 1-gigawatt (1,000 megawatts) Kolos Data Center is designed by Dallas-based HDR. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
The center will be powered entirely by renewable hydroelectric power provided by Norway’s state-run utility, Statkraft. It will take advantage of the average 35-degree Fahrenheit year-round air temperature, supplemented by cold fresh water from the spillway of the nearest hydroelectric dam if air outside gets too warm, says Kevin LeMans, a principal in HDR’s science and technology practice.
LeMans says the key to keeping energy consumption low and the carbon footprint light is in using the outdoor environment to cool the servers, rather than energy-intensive fans. “We will have a handling unit with a heat exchanger in it,” he says. “[and] on the other end of each roof there will be an exhaust sending out warm air.”
Scandinavia has been a favored site for data centers. Facebook has its own data center in Sweden less than 240 miles away and Microsoft has a fjord-cooled data center in Norway, a country which is a technological pioneer in hydropower generation, although its long-distance energy transmission capabilities are constrained. The electrical grid is not able to transport Statkraft’s hydropower generated near Ballangen very far without transmission loss, and under Norway’s regulations, Statkraft can be penalized for creating a surplus of power without an ability to use it. However, companies that come in and consume the current local power imbalance can get a bonus for correcting it.
Havard Lillebo, co-CEO of Kolos says the main idea for dealing with the power imbalance problem, dating back to the 1950s, is “to bring energy-intensive industries close to where the power is produced to eliminate transmission losses.” He says the energy generating potential in the area is even larger than the needs of the planned facility, but it is designed to scale up to a possible 2GW of consumption in the future. “An official at Statkraft says he is more than willing to sell his entire production to us and that could lead to expansion of power production in the area,” he says.
The form of the design is that of one continuous spine connecting many data center buildings to mimic a glacier moving over the mountainous terrain. The spine follows the abandoned copper mine and many of the buildings will be situated in old mining recesses. Copper was specified for the roofs of all the buildings to recognize Ballangen’s heritage as a former copper and zinc mining town.
“There are three primary reasons for the design,” says Mark Robinson, Kolos’ other co-CEO. “There are data center modules underneath many of the buildings. The form we used optimized layout of those modules. It’s also dead-center in the middle of the town, which rises around it. We wanted it to be architecturally sensitive to the community. Finally, the conical shape we used focuses the sound downward and not into the air. It’s a good sound barrier and would block the noise the data center creates from the residents’ homes.”
Robinson says, when it opens, the data center will directly create 2,000 to 3,000 jobs and support 10,000 to 15,000 others in the area.
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