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Lennar Corporation



) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Lennar Corporation rose 47 cents (1.8%) to $27.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8.1 million shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of seven million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.95-$27.69 after having opened the day at $26.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.82. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were:

Integrated Electrical Services



), up 9.2%,




), up 5.6%,

Orion Marine Group



), up 4.9%, and

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), up 4.3%.

Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding, financial services, and real estate businesses in the United States. Lennar Corporation has a market cap of $4.54 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 68.5, below the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 70.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennar Corporation as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally poor debt management and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

India Globalization Capital



), down 8.2%,

Perma-Fix Environmental Services



), down 6.7%,

Skyline Corporation



), down 6.2%, and

Nobility Homes



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

Waste Management



) being today's materials & construction industry loser.

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