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3 Stocks Dragging The Industrial Goods Sector Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 16,140 as of Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,063 issues advancing vs. 873 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Industrial Goods sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Dresser-Rand Group ( DRC), down 7.8%, Tenaris ( TS), down 0.8%, Emerson Electric ( EMR), down 0.8%, Deere ( DE), down 0.8% and ABB ( ABB), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Heico Corporation ( HEI.A), up 7.0%, 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD), up 6.3%, Stratasys ( SSYS), up 4.4%, Nidec Corporation ( NJ), up 2.8% and Illinois Tool Works ( ITW), up 1.3%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

3. PulteGroup ( PHM) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, PulteGroup is down $0.37 (-1.9%) to $19.65 on average volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.52-$20.23 after having opened the day at $20.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.02.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full PulteGroup Ratings Report now.

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