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Lennar Corporation

(

LEN

) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Lennar Corporation rose 21 cents (0.8%) to $26.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.2 million shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.79-$26.89 after having opened the day at $26.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.37. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were:

Skyline Corporation

(

SKY

), up 7.6%,

India Globalization Capital

(

IGC

), up 7.2%,

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V

(

CX

), up 7.2%, and

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(

NCS

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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 $4.12 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 62.1, below the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 63.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, one analyst rates 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,

PGT

(

PGTI

), down 11.5%,

Gafisa

(

GFA

), down 5.8%,

Goldfield

(

GV

), down 5.8%, and

Foster Wheeler

(

FWLT

), down 5.3%, 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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