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KB Home

(

KBH

) 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

(

VTNR

), up 16.2%,

Avalon Holdings

(

AWX

), up 12.5%,

Goldfield

(

GV

), up 6.2% and

Stock Building Supply Holdings

(

STCK

), 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

hold

. 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

(

NES

), down 11.8%,

Gafisa

(

GFA

), down 8.1%,

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

(

ICA

), down 5.3% and

China Advanced Construction Materials Group

(

CADC

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

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V

(

CX

) 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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