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Toll Brothers Inc (TOL): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Laggard

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

Toll Brothers ( TOL) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Toll Brothers fell $1.26 (-4.0%) to $30.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,203,036 shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,527,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.22-$31.65 after having opened the day at $31.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.56. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were: MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 10.6%, Edwards Group ( EVAC), down 10.3%, GreenHunter Energy ( GRH), down 10.1% and Ecotality ( ECTY), down 8.1%.

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Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities. It is also involved in building or converting existing rental apartment buildings into high-, mid-, and low-rise luxury homes. Toll Brothers has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toll Brothers as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, IntriCon Corporation ( IIN), down 13.1%, NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), down 12.2%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 11.1% and China Valves Technology ( CVVT), down 11.1%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).

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