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 1.8%. By the end of trading, PulteGroup rose 82 cents (6.4%) to $13.60 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 24.5 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.75-$13.75 after having opened the day at $12.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.78. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), up 10.2%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), up 9.2%, Casella Waste Systems ( CWST), up 8.9%, and Beazer Homes USA ( BZH), up 7.4%.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $4.64 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 97.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor 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).