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The SEC and Media Think Fools Are Idiots



January 27, 2010 – Comments (7)

The game is not even fun anymore when you see headlines like this.....

Tue 7:03pmMeritage Homes books $43M profit in 4QAP

Tue 6:02pmUPDATE - Meritage Homes posts surprise quarterly profitat Reuters

Tue 5:48pmMeritage Homes swings to fourth-quarter profitat MarketWatch

Not one.....but THREE different news outlets reporting a profit??????





Meritage Homes Corp., Scottsdale, Az. (NYSE:MTH) after market close Tuesday reported a net profit of $43 million ($1.35 per diluted share) for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2009. The gain resulted from a $90 million reversal of income tax liabilities made possible by a net-operating-loss carry back law that went into effect in November. The company expects to collect a $93 million tax refund early in 2010.

Without the tax benefit, the company would have posted a net loss of $46.9 million on declining home closing revenue and $39 million in impairments and write downs for the quarter.

If it is one time impairments that just happen to occur every quarter for the past three doesn't count.......but if it is a one time gift from our government that every one knew about, all of a sudden it is a "surprise" profit?????

Soon you Fools will understand, the primary two areas of growth in America is war and welfare....and few are as big a welfare recipient as Meritage Homes and its management team.

If you are a private business person, it is practically impossible to compete against a money losing business that has practically unlimited funds from Wall Street.....and when even that is not enough, the government steps in and hands you tens of millions.

Heads I win, Tails you lose...........change we can believe in as the losers become the winners in America.

PS....the stock went up in after hours on this nonsense.


7 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On January 27, 2010 at 12:19 AM, topsecret10 (< 20) wrote:

  LOL!!!!!!  That Is just classic.......    Giant red thumb?    TS     

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#2) On January 27, 2010 at 12:28 AM, topsecret10 (< 20) wrote:

    March 20 Puts will be under a buck tomorrow, June 20 Puts will be under 2 bucks.....   up 54 cents after hours @ $21.91     Just a thought..........   TS

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#3) On January 27, 2010 at 1:09 AM, Rasbold (78.67) wrote:

Wow. Thanks for posting that. Incredible.

 Real Estate has a long way to go...down.


Good Luck and May Your Dow Never Jones

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#4) On January 27, 2010 at 8:27 AM, alstry (< 20) wrote:

The BIG joke is that KB Homes and Lennar was reported in a similar fashion. 

If it has a positive impact and it is really one time, it gets added to profits, however, if it is negative, it gets reported ex items and excluded from the earnings.

In America right now we have a bunch of money losing public companies being subsidized by Wall Street....while otherwise profitable well run private companies that are not subsidized in a similar fashion are being driven out of business.

The policy is insane and leading to millions of unecessary layoffs by rewarding losers and punishing the productive.

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#5) On January 27, 2010 at 8:59 AM, FreeMarkets (40.79) wrote:

It's like the news today that CAT is planning for a BETTER 2010 - by about 10%.  Yet they reported quarterly sales down 39%.  So 2010 will be approximately 30% WORSE than 2008.

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#6) On January 27, 2010 at 10:17 AM, Option1307 (30.61) wrote:

Headlines have been meaningless for a long time now. But this one still makes me laugh, good find!

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#7) On January 27, 2010 at 6:46 PM, kdakota630 (29.06) wrote:

A very worthwhile find, and read.

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