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PulteGroup 2Q profit climbs 15 percent

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — PulteGroup Inc. (PHM) on Thursday reported profit that rose by 15 percent in its second quarter, and fell short of analysts' expectations.

The Bloomfield Hills, Michigan-based company said net income increased to $41.9 million, or 11 cents per share, from $36.4 million, or 9 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 25 cents per share. The average per-share estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for profit of 26 cents.

The homebuilder posted revenue of $1.29 billion compared with $1.28 billion in the same quarter a year earlier, and missed Wall Street estimates. Analysts expected $1.34 billion, according to Zacks.

PulteGroup shares have dropped 53 cents, or 2.6 percent, to $19.84 since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has increased 7.5 percent. However, the stock has risen $1.39, or 7.5 percent, in the last 12 months.

This story was generated automatically by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Full PHM report: http://www.zacks.com/ap/PHM

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