Gafisa

(

GFA

) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Gafisa fell 22 cents (-3.1%) to $6.80 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.3 million shares of Gafisa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $6.75-$7.11 after having opened the day at $7.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.02. Other company's within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were:

China Infrastructure Investment Corporation

(

CIIC

), down 11.3%,

PGT Inc

(

PGTI

), down 9.7%,

Nobility Homes Inc

(

NOBH

), down 8.8%, and

Avalon Holdings

(

AWX

), down 7.6%.

Gafisa S.A. operates as a homebuilder in Brazil. Gafisa has a market cap of $1.62 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 153.2, above the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 8.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 51.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gafisa as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Headwaters Inc

(

TheStreet Recommends

HW

), up 20.3%,

Goldfield

(

GV

), up 7.3%,

Sterling Construction Company Inc

(

STRL

), up 5.3%, and

Ecology and Environment Inc

(

EEI

), up 4.3%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with

Vulcan Materials Company

(

VMC

) being today's featured materials & construction industry winner.

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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