Hovnanian Enterprises Inc (HOV): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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Hovnanian ( HOV) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Hovnanian fell 8 cents (-1.6%) to $5.09 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.1 million shares of Hovnanian exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.01-$5.23 after having opened the day at $5.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.17. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Xinyuan Real Estate ( XIN), down 8.9%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 5.6%, Casella Waste Systems ( CWST), down 5.6%, and China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), down 4.8%.
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Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. designs, constructs, markets, and sells residential homes in the United States. It constructs single-family attached and detached homes, attached townhomes and condominiums, and urban infill and active adult homes. Hovnanian has a market cap of $614 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 260% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Hovnanian a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hovnanian as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

On the positive front, American Mold Guard Incorporated ( AMGI), up 9.1%, Tri-Tech ( TRIT), up 4.7%, US Concrete ( USCR), up 3.7%, and Avalon Holdings ( AWX), up 3.5%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Eagle Materials ( EXP) being today's featured materials & construction industry leader.

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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