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KB Home's stock rallies after Susquehanna upgrades, as rising rate concerns appear overdone

Tomi Kilgore

Shares of KB Home (kbh) rallied 3.3% toward a three-month high in premarket trade Tuesday, after Susquehanna turned bullish on the home builder, citing strong housing trends in most of the markets KB Home operates. Analyst Jack Micenko raised his rating to positive, after being at neutral for at least the past three years, and raised his stock price target to $36 from $34. "We believe there is not doubt that rising rates will ultimately pressure affordability broadly, but we think it will be at much higher levels--our work suggests 6% mortgage rates," Micenko wrote.