DR Horton

(

DHI

) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, DR Horton rose 42 cents (2.5%) to $17.43 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.7 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.07-$17.46 after having opened the day at $17.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.01. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were:

Headwaters

(

HW

), up 10%,

USG

(

USG

), up 8.2%,

M/I Homes

(

MHO

), up 8.1%, and

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V

(

CX

), up 7.1%.

D.R. Horton, Inc. operates as a homebuilding company in the United States. The company's Homebuilding segment engages in the acquisition and development of land, and construction and sale of residential homes in 25 states and 73 markets in the United States primarily under the D.R. DR Horton has a market cap of $5.42 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.5, above the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 39.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are six analysts that rate DR Horton a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DR Horton as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

India Globalization Capital

(

IGC

), down 6.4%,

Perma-Fix Environmental Services

(

PESI

), down 5.7%,

Avalon Holdings

(

AWX

), down 4.3%, and

Integrated Electrical Services

(

IESC

), down 3.1%, were all losers within the materials & construction industry with

Quanta Services

(

PWR

) being today's materials & construction industry loser.

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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