Toll Brothers Inc (TOL) In The Materials & Construction Spotlight Today

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Toll Brothers ( TOL) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Toll Brothers rose 57 cents (1.8%) to $32.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.8 million shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.97-$32.76 after having opened the day at $32.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.98. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Tri-Tech ( TRIT), up 8.9%, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), up 6.3%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 5.6%, and Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), up 4.5%.
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Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities. It is also involved in building or converting existing rental apartment buildings into high-, mid-, and low-rise luxury homes. Toll Brothers has a market cap of $5.54 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Toll Brothers a buy, four analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toll Brothers as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Apogee ( APOG), down 11.1%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 10.5%, Argan ( AGX), down 8.2%, and Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 5.8%, were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Foster Wheeler ( FWLT) 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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