The industrial goods sector closed the day up 2.2%. Wuhan General Group Inc ( WUHN), American Defense Systems Inc ( EAG), Cleantech Solutions International Inc ( CLNT), and India Globalization Capital Inc ( IGC) were all decliners today within the industrial goods sector with Xinyuan Real Estate ( XIN) being today's featured industrial goods loser. Xinyuan Real Estate fell one cent (-0.6%) to $1.74 on light volume. Throughout the day, 129,086 shares of Xinyuan Real Estate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 258,700 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 $133 million and is part of the materials & construction industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.5, above the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 1.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 33.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), Clean Diesel Technologies Inc ( CDTI), Dixie Group Inc ( DXYN), and Broadwind Energy Inc ( BWEN) were all gainers within the industrial goods sector with Deere ( DE) being today's featured industrial goods sector winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).