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Toll Brothers



) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Toll Brothers rose $0.53 (1.4%) to $37.60 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,556,237 shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,628,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.07-$38.20 after having opened the day at $36.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.07. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were:

Industrial Services of America



), up 6.0%,

Cavco Industries



), up 4.6%,

Pope Resources



), up 4.5% and

M.D.C. Holdings



), up 2.8%.

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Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities. It is also involved in building or converting existing rental apartment buildings into high-, mid-, and low-rise luxury homes. Toll Brothers has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Toll Brothers a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toll Brothers as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Real Goods Solar



), down 10.7%,

MagneGas Corporation



), down 8.9%,

American Mold Guard Incorporated



), down 6.7% and

Vertex Energy



), down 5.6% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with

Plum Creek Timber



) being today's materials & construction industry laggard.

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SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF



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

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