The materials & construction industry closed the day up 4.7%. Goldfield ( GV), Integrated Electrical Services Inc ( IESC), Avalon Holdings ( AWX), and Continental Materials Corporation ( CUO) were all decliners today within the materials & construction industry with Xinyuan Real Estate ( XIN) being today's featured materials & construction loser. Xinyuan Real Estate fell 4 cents (-2.2%) to $1.80 on light volume. Throughout the day, 170,230 shares of Xinyuan Real Estate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 252,700 shares.

Xinyuan Real Estate Co. Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in residential real estate development in China. Xinyuan Real Estate has a market cap of $142.3 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.7, above the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of two and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 30% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Xinyuan Real Estate as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, India Globalization Capital Inc ( IGC), Argan Inc ( AGX), Meritage Homes Corporation ( MTH), and Toll Brothers Inc ( TOL) were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Waste Management Inc ( WM) being today's featured materials & construction industry winner.

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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