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Lennar Corporation



) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Lennar Corporation fell 56 cents (-1.3%) to $41.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of four million shares. The stock ranged in price between $41.33-$42.87 after having opened the day at $42.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.12. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were:




), down 13.9%,




), down 8.5%,

Sharps Compliance Corporation



), down 5.2%, and

China Advanced Construction Materials Group



), down 4.3%.

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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 $6.99 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, two 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 robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front,

Integrated Electrical Services



), up 5.6%,




), up 5%,

Perma-Fix Environmental Services



), up 4.8%, and

Ecology and Environment



), up 3.2%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with

Clean Harbors



) 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



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

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd




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