Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. Ryland Group ( RYL) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Ryland Group fell 46 cents (-1.2%) to $38.33 on light volume. Throughout the day, 545,150 shares of Ryland Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.23-$39.01 after having opened the day at $38.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.79. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were: Continental Materials Corporation ( CUO), down 9.8%, Generac Holdings ( GNRC), down 9.2%, Proto Labs ( PRLB), down 8.2%, and Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 7.8%.
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The Ryland Group, Inc. operates as a homebuilder and a mortgage-finance company in the United States. It engages in the design, construction, and sale of homes, as well as provides mortgage, title insurance, escrow, and insurance services. Ryland Group has a market cap of $1.76 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Ryland Group a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Ryland Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust 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 and poor profit margins.