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Beazer Homes USA Inc. (BZH): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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Beazer Homes USA ( BZH) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Beazer Homes USA fell 75 cents (-4.3%) to $16.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Beazer Homes USA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.36-$17.61 after having opened the day at $17.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.65. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: LSB Industries ( LXU), down 8%, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), down 4%, Skyline Corporation ( SKY), down 3.7%, and TRC Companies ( TRR), down 3%.

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Beazer Homes USA, Inc. designs, builds, and sells single-family and multi-family homes in 16 states in the United States. It offers homes for entry-level, move-up, or retirement-oriented buyers. The company also acquires, improves, and rents out homes. Beazer Homes USA has a market cap of $441.8 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 42.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Beazer Homes USA a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

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

On the positive front, Patrick Industries ( PATK), up 5.6%, Caesarstone Sdot-Yam ( CSTE), up 5%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 3.9%, and Veolia Environnement ( VE), up 2.5%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Owens Corning Incorporated ( OC) being today's featured materials & construction industry leader.

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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