PulteGroup Inc (PHM): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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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 0.1%. By the end of trading, PulteGroup rose 17 cents (1%) to $16.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7.5 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.12-$16.64 after having opened the day at $16.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.28. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Tri-Tech ( TRIT), up 9.1%, Hovnanian ( HOV), up 7.1%, Gafisa ( GFA), up 5.5%, and Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), up 5%.
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PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $6.26 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 156.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, premium valuation and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 16%, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 15.4%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 8.9%, and Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 6.7%, were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) being today's materials & construction industry laggard.

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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