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KB Home



) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, KB Home rose $0.19 (1.2%) to $16.63 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,032,442 shares of KB Home exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,889,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.21-$16.85 after having opened the day at $16.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.44. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were:

Vertex Energy



), up 16.2%,

Avalon Holdings



), up 12.5%,




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), up 6.2% and

Stock Building Supply Holdings



), up 6.2%.

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 $1.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate KB Home a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KB Home as a


. 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 negative front,

Nuverra Environmental Solutions



), down 11.8%,




), down 8.1%,

Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V



), down 5.3% and

China Advanced Construction Materials Group



), down 5.1% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V



) 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



) while those bearish on the materials & construction industry could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd




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