Lennar Corporation (LEN): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Winner

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Lennar Corporation ( LEN) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, Lennar Corporation rose $2.01 (5.5%) to $38.73 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,543,492 shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,554,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.75-$39.09 after having opened the day at $36.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.72. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Comstock ( CHCI), up 10.4%, Gafisa ( GFA), up 8.9%, Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX), up 7.7% and Edwards Group ( EVAC), up 7.2%.
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Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding, financial services, and real estate businesses in the United States. Lennar Corporation has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennar Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), down 17.7%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 10.5%, Hydrogenics Corporation ( HYGS), down 10.0% and Ecotality ( ECTY), down 8.8%.

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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