PulteGroup Inc. PHM announced Tuesday that it had exceeded expectations in terms of profit and revenue for the first quarter, thanks to higher closings and average sale prices. In premarket trading, the homebuilder’s shares rose less than 0.1%. The net income increased to $532.3 millions, or $2.35 per share, from $454.70 million, which was $1.83 per share in the previous period. FactSet’s consensus estimate for earnings per share is $1.82. The FactSet consensus was $3.26 billion. Revenue increased 13.5%, to $3.58 Billion. The company increased the number of homes sold by 6%, to 6,394 units, thanks to its decision to offer more quick-move-in homes and to raise the average sale price.