PulteGroup Inc (PHM): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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 2.9%. By the end of trading, PulteGroup rose 72 cents (7.2%) to $10.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 17.8 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.21-$10.71 after having opened the day at $10.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.98. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: KB Home ( KBH), up 12.2%, Energy Solutions ( ES), up 9%, Gafisa ( GFA), up 9%, and Headwaters ( HW), up 7.7%.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $3.79 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 56.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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.

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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