Toll Brothers Inc (TOL): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

Toll Brothers ( TOL) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Toll Brothers rose 37 cents (1.3%) to $30.04 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.22-$30.12 after having opened the day at $29.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.67. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Nobility Homes ( NOBH), up 16%, Energy Solutions ( ES), up 6.1%, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), up 5.2%, and PGT ( PGTI), up 5.1%.

Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for single-family detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities. Toll Brothers has a market cap of $4.98 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 70.7, equal to the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 45.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Toll Brothers a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toll Brothers as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Comstock ( CHCI), down 7.2%, Ecology and Environment ( EEI), down 6%, Goldfield ( GV), down 4.2%, and United States Lime & Minerals ( USLM), down 3.8%, were all losers within the materials & construction industry with KB Home ( KBH) 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).