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Lennar Corporation

(

LEN

) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Lennar Corporation fell $0.45 (-1.0%) to $43.88 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,677,975 shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,460,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $43.41-$44.38 after having opened the day at $44.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.33. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were:

Xinyuan Real Estate

(

XIN

), down 6.2%,

Taylor Morrison Home

(

TMHC

), down 3.7%,

Guanwei Recycling

(

GPRC

), down 3.6% and

TRI Pointe Homes

(

TPH

), down 3.6%.

Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in homebuilding activities in the United States. Lennar Corporation has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Lennar Corporation

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front,

MagneGas Corporation

(

MNGA

), up 8.4%,

MasTec

(

MTZ

), up 7.5%,

Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR

(

HXM

), up 6.3% and

Industrial Services of America

(

IDSA

), up 5.2% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with

Waste Management

(

WM

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

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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