Lennar Corporation

(

LEN

) 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

(

IESC

), up 9.2%,

Goldfield

(

GV

), up 5.6%,

Orion Marine Group

(

ORN

), up 4.9%, and

United States Lime & Minerals

(

USLM

), 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

hold

. 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

(

IGC

), down 8.2%,

Perma-Fix Environmental Services

(

PESI

), down 6.7%,

Skyline Corporation

(

SKY

), down 6.2%, and

Nobility Homes

(

NOBH

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

Waste Management

(

WM

) 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

(

XHB

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

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd

(

SBM

).

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