PulteGroup ( PHM) 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, PulteGroup rose 22 cents (2.5%) to $9.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11.7 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.81-$9.29 after having opened the day at $8.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.86. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), up 14.6%, Avalon Holdings ( AWX), up 14.5%, Patrick Industries ( PATK), up 9.8%, and Nobility Homes ( NOBH), up 5.9%. PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $3.26 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 40.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 and poor profit margins.