KB Home (KBH): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

KB Home ( KBH) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, KB Home rose 43 cents (4.4%) to $10.24 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10.6 million shares of KB Home exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.70-$10.46 after having opened the day at $9.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.81. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Ecology and Environment ( EEI), up 8.7%, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), up 5.3%, Meritage Homes Corporation ( MTH), up 3.1%, and Pope Resources ( POPE), up 3.1%.

KB Home operates as a homebuilding and financial services company in the United States. KB Home has a market cap of $756.3 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 46% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate KB Home a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KB Home as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally weak debt management, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Sharps Compliance Corporation ( SMED), down 9.1%, Veolia Environnement ( VE), down 8.5%, Nobility Homes ( NOBH), down 7.3%, and Energy Solutions ( ES), down 4.4%, were all losers within the materials & construction industry with Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) being today's materials & construction industry loser.

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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