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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 down 0.1%. By the end of trading, DR Horton rose $0.60 (2.6%) to $23.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,273,161 shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,602,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.48-$24.00 after having opened the day at $22.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.88. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were:

Cavco Industries

(

CVCO

), up 4.9%,

Taylor Morrison Home

(

TMHC

), up 4.5%,

Trex Company

(

TREX

), up 4.0% and

Ryland Group

(

RYL

), up 3.7%.

D.R. Horton, Inc. operates as a homebuilding company. It is engaged in the acquisition and development of land; and construction and sale of residential homes in 27 states and 78 markets in the United States under the D.R. Horton, America's Builder, Emerald Homes, and Breland Homes. DR Horton has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate DR Horton a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Griffon Corporation

(

GFF

), down 7.6%,

Real Goods Solar

(

RSOL

), down 6.0%,

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation

(

GLDD

), down 4.1% and

AAON

(

AAON

), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company

(

CBI

) being today's materials & construction industry laggard.

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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