Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model





) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, PulteGroup fell 44 cents (-2.5%) to $17.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 20.8 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.50-$17.96 after having opened the day at $17.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.45. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were:

Meritage Homes Corporation



), down 8.2%,

Sherwin-Williams Company



), down 7.8%,




), down 5.6%, and

Owens Corning Incorporated



), down 4%.

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PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $6.64 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 174.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the positive front,




), up 9.3%,

Real Goods Solar



), up 8.9%,

Stericycle Incorporated



), up 6.9%, and

Ryland Group



), up 3.9%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with

Republic Services



) 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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