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March 15, 2010 08:45 ET

The Light at the End of Tunnel for the Industrial Goods Sector Amidst Current Downtrend

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - March 15, 2010) - - Softening property fundamentals, weakening liquidity profiles, restrictive lending practices -- reducing the pool of potential home buyers -- topped with the current economic crunch delivered a near fatal blow on the already slumping Industrial Goods sector. But according's head analyst, Matthew Collier, "a good future awaits the sector. With continued government efforts to revive the economy, the sector is looking to improve with demand being generated in the market. Private real estate returns are expected to remain relatively attractive."

In response to the current state of the economy, multifamily REITs have increasingly adopted defensive postures with their balance sheets and operating activities, seeking to maximize liquidity via a number of initiatives. Companies like Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) and Standard Pacific Corp. (NYSE: SPF) shows promising comebacks and decreasing volatility. Direct & free downloadable reports of the intensive research for these companies are available by signing up now at or

Lennar continued to strategically reduce the number of completed, unsold homes and reposition product to target first-time and value-focused homebuyers. The execution of this strategy has led to an improved selling environment for the Company. Lennar and other builders also got a breather in the year's final quarter. Orders increased as buyers plunged into the market, emboldened by a federal tax credit, historically low interest rates and lower home prices. Register now at to view the full reports on this company.

Standard Pacific on the other hand has done a great job diversifying itself and developing some strong positions in growing regions. But because most of the markets it has entered during the last several years are struggling with excess inventories and/or affordability problems, the company's expected growth from the strategic turn got leveled but at least afforded the company to stay afloat amidst the economic crunch. Sign in now at to view the full reports on Standard Pacific.

Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home builder and provider of financial services in the United States. As of November 30, 2009, the company owned 82,703 homesites and had access through option contracts to an additional 21,173 homesites. It serves customers in Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, California, Nevada, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Standard Pacific Corp. operates as a builder of single-family attached and detached homes in the United States. The company also provides mortgage financing and title services through its subsidiaries and joint ventures. As of December 31, 2008, the company had 264 projects under development. Standard Pacific operates in various metropolitan markets in California, Florida, Arizona, Texas, the Carolinas, Colorado and Nevada.

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