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Ryland Group Inc. (RYL): 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

Ryland Group ( RYL) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Ryland Group fell $0.86 (-1.8%) to $47.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,514,562 shares of Ryland Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,304,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $47.13-$49.85 after having opened the day at $49.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.46. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were: American Mold Guard Incorporated ( AMGI), down 64.3%, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 15.7%, Cleantech Solutions International ( CLNT), down 14.4% and Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 10.2%.

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The Ryland Group, Inc. operates as a homebuilder and a mortgage-finance company in the United States. It engages in the design, construction, and sale of homes, as well as provides mortgage origination, title insurance, escrow, and insurance services. Ryland Group has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Ryland Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ryland Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Ballard Power Systems ( BLDP), down 31.6%, Hydrogenics Corporation ( HYGS), down 17.5%, Capstone Turbine Corporation ( CPST), down 13.6% and Columbus McKinnon Corporation ( CMCO), down 8.2% , were all gainers within the industrial goods sector with Stanley Black & Decker ( SWK) being today's featured industrial goods sector leader.

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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