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KB Home (KBH): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Laggard

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KB Home ( KBH) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, KB Home fell $0.28 (-1.6%) to $16.97 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,481,206 shares of KB Home exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,931,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.88-$17.38 after having opened the day at $17.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.25. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were: Arotech Corporation ( ARTX), down 17.4%, UQM Technologies ( UQM), down 7.7%, CVD Equipment Corporation ( CVV), down 7.2% and MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 7.1%.

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 $1.5 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate KB Home a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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, LMI Aerospace ( LMIA), up 10.6%, Broadwind Energy ( BWEN), up 9.1%, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), up 7.2% and JinkoSolar ( JKS), up 6.5% , were all gainers within the industrial goods sector with Raytheon Company ( RTN) 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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