KB Home (KBH): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Winner

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KB Home ( KBH) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, KB Home rose 50 cents (3.1%) to $16.72 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.7 million shares of KB Home exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.11-$16.75 after having opened the day at $16.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.22. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Tri-Tech ( TRIT), up 14.3%, Cleantech Solutions International ( CLNT), up 8.7%, Energy Solutions ( ES), up 8.4%, and Ecotality ( ECTY), up 8%.
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KB Home operates as a homebuilding and financial services company in the United States. KB Home has a market cap of $1.24 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate KB Home a buy, four analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KB Home as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Bonso Electronics International ( BNSO), down 6.8%, NN ( NNBR), down 5.8%, Argan ( AGX), down 4.8%, and China Ming Yang Wind Power Group ( MY), down 4.8%, were all laggards within the industrial goods sector with Eaton Corporation ( ETN) being today's industrial goods sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).

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