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Lennar Corporation

(

LEN

TST Recommends

) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, Lennar Corporation rose $0.75 (2.3%) to $33.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,051,127 shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,442,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.82-$34.55 after having opened the day at $33.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.12. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were:

Homex Development

(

HXM

), up 29.1%,

Integrated Electrical Services

(

IESC

), up 26.7%,

China Recycling Energy Corporation

(

CREG

), up 17.6% and

Vertex Energy

(

VTNR

), up 7.2%.

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 $5.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 14.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

Headwaters

(

HW

), down 5.6%,

Aegion

(

AEGN

), down 5.2%,

Gafisa

(

GFA

), down 4.7% and

Xinyuan Real Estate

(

XIN

), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with

Martin Marietta Materials

(

MLM

) 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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