Lennar Corporation (LEN): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

Lennar Corporation ( LEN) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Lennar Corporation rose 37 cents (1.2%) to $31.39 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.52-$31.62 after having opened the day at $31.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.02. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 7.7%, China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), up 7.1%, United States Lime & Minerals ( USLM), up 3.1%, and Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), up 2.9%.

Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding, financial services, and real estate businesses in the United States. Lennar Corporation has a market cap of $4.91 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, equal to the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 58.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennar Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Tri-Tech ( TRIT), down 5.3%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 4.6%, Gafisa ( GFA), down 4%, and Matrix Service Company ( MTRX), down 3.9%, were all losers within the materials & construction industry with Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) 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).