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PulteGroup Inc (PHM): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Loser

PulteGroup ( PHM) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, PulteGroup fell 40 cents (-4%) to $9.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 18.9 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $9.41-$9.94 after having opened the day at $9.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10. Other company's within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Matrix Service Company ( MTRX), down 12.8%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 12.4%, Avalon Holdings ( AWX), down 7.3%, and Granite Construction ( GVA), down 7.2%.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $3.81 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 58.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are three analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally weak debt management and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Goldfield ( GV), up 9.9%, Skyline Corporation ( SKY), up 7%, Argan ( AGX), up 5%, and Energy Solutions ( ES), up 4.3%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Clean Harbors ( CLH) being today's featured materials & construction industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the materials & construction industry could consider SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF ( XHB) while those bearish on the materials & construction industry could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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