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KB Home (KBH): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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KB Home ( KBH) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, KB Home fell $0.46 (-2.3%) to $19.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,641,377 shares of KB Home exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,628,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.18-$19.97 after having opened the day at $19.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.76. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW), down 8.3%, Jewett-Cameron Trading Company ( JCTCF), down 4.4%, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 4.0% and Primoris Services Corporation ( PRIM), down 2.8%.

KB Home operates as a homebuilding and financial services company in the United States. The company constructs and sells various homes, including attached and detached single-family residential homes, townhomes, and condominiums primarily for first-time, move-up, and active adult homebuyers. KB Home has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 25.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate KB Home a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KB Home as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Tri-Tech ( TRIT), up 5.0%, Universal Forest Products ( UFPI), up 4.8%, Granite Construction ( GVA), up 4.7% and Skyline Corporation ( SKY), up 4.1% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Weyerhaeuser ( WY) 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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