It was a busy day at earnings central: PulteGroup, Inc., NVR Inc. and D.R. Horton Inc. reported on Thursday, and the news was generally good.

D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI), reported net income of $195.1 million, or 52 cents a share, for its fiscal second quarter, beating Wall Street expectations of 46 cents per share.

Home building revenue for was up 16% to $2.7 billion from $2.3 billion in the same quarter of 2015. Homes closed in the quarter increased 12% to 9,262 homes, compared to 8,243 homes in the prior year quarter.

Net sales orders increased 10% to 12,292 homes and 13% in value to $3.6 billion, compared to 11,135 homes and $3.2 billion in the prior year quarter. The cancellation rate (cancelled sales orders divided by gross sales orders) for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 was 19%. Net sales orders for the first six months of fiscal 2016 increased 10% to 20,356 homes from 18,505 homes in the first six months of fiscal 2015, and the value of net sales orders increased 13% to $5.9 billion from $5.3 billion.

Sales order backlog of homes under contract at March 31, 2016 increased 12% to 13,695 homes and 14% in value to $4.1 billion, compared to 12,177 homes and $3.6 billion at March 31, 2015.

PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) reported net income of $83 million, or $0.24 per share for its first quarter compared with prior year net income of $55 million, or $0.15 per share.

Dollar value of net new orders increased 24% over the prior year to $2.1 billion; net new orders increased 10% to 5,652 homes. The company operated out of 709 communities, an increase of 16% over last year. Community count for the quarter included 49 communities acquired as part of the Wieland transaction. Excluding the acquired Wieland communities, absorption paces in the first quarter were comparable with the prior year quarter.

PulteGroup's backlog at quarter end totaled 8,755 homes valued at $3.4 billion, compared with prior year backlog of 7,624 homes valued at $2.6 billion. The average sales price in backlog of $384,000, which is up 14% over the prior year, reflects the ongoing shift in the mix of homes sold toward more move-up product, as well as the inclusion of luxury homes offered in Wieland communities.

NVR, Inc. (NYSE: NVR), said net income for its first quarter ended March 31, 2016 was $65,303,000, or $15.79 per diluted share. Net income and diluted earnings per share for its first quarter ended March 31, 2016 increased 67% and 71%, respectively, when compared to the 2015 first quarter. Consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2016 totaled $1,144,026,000, a 19% increase from $957,749,000 for the comparable 2015 quarter.

New orders in the first quarter of 2016 increased 5% to 4,137 units, when compared to 3,926 units in the first quarter of 2015. The average sales price of new orders was $375,700, which was flat when compared with the average sales price of new orders in the first quarter of 2015. The cancellation rate in the first quarter of 2016 was 15%, compared to 12% in the first quarter of 2015. Settlements increased in the first quarter of 2016 to 3,006 units, 19% higher than the first quarter of 2015. The Company's backlog of homes sold but not settled as of March 31, 2016 increased by 7% on both a unit and dollar basis to 7,360 units and to $2,818,394,000 when compared to March 31, 2015.

Home building revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2016 totaled $1,121,504,000, 19% higher than the year earlier period. Gross profit margins increased to 17.5% in the 2016 first quarter compared to 17.0% for the same period in 2015. Income before tax from the home building segment totaled $93,654,000 in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of 66% when compared to the first quarter of 2015.