PulteGroup ( PHM) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.7%. By the end of trading, PulteGroup rose 88 cents (10.1%) to $9.58 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 22.7 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.10-$9.60 after having opened the day at $9.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.70. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Patrick Industries ( PATK), up 28%, Nobility Homes ( NOBH), up 17.3%, Ryland Group ( RYL), up 14.1%, and Beazer Homes USA ( BZH), up 9.2%. PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 37.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally weak debt management, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.