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

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PulteGroup ( PHM) 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, PulteGroup fell $0.22 (-1.0%) to $20.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,973,223 shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,770,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.60-$21.23 after having opened the day at $20.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.21. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Comstock ( CHCI), down 7.5%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 6.7%, Goldfield ( GV), down 6.3% and China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 5.4%.
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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 $8.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 26.1%, China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), down 7.1%, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), down 3.6% and Orion Marine Group ( ORN), down 3.4% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Waste Management ( WM) 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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