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Standard Pacific



) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Standard Pacific rose $0.21 (2.2%) to $9.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,077,692 shares of Standard Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,993,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.25-$9.69 after having opened the day at $9.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.47. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were:

China Advanced Construction Materials Group



), up 17.1%,

Pope Resources



), up 4.1%,

China Recycling Energy Corporation



), up 2.7% and

Avalon Holdings



), up 2.6%.

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Standard Pacific Corp. operates as a builder of single-family attached and detached homes in the United States. It constructs homes targeting various homebuyers primarily move-up buyers in metropolitan markets in California, Florida, the Carolinas, Texas, Arizona, and Colorado. Standard Pacific has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Standard Pacific a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Standard Pacific as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

Real Goods Solar



), down 5.4%,

Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V



), down 4.5%,

James Hardie Industries



), down 3.9% and




), down 3.0% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with

DR Horton



) 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



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

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd




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