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

KB Home ( KBH) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, KB Home fell $0.53 (-2.8%) to $18.33 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,324,833 shares of KB Home exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,552,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.14-$19.11 after having opened the day at $18.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.86. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were: China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 8.9%, Texas Industries ( TXI), down 8.1%, Zoltek Companies ( ZOLT), down 5.4% and Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 4.9%.

KB Home operates as a homebuilding and financial services company in the United States. The company constructs and sells various homes, including attached and detached single-family residential homes, townhomes, and condominiums primarily for first-time, move-up, and active adult homebuyers. KB Home has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 11.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate KB Home a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the positive front, Innovative Solutions and Support ( ISSC), up 10.4%, Chase Corporation ( CCF), up 9.1%, Enpro Industries ( NPO), up 7.2% and Homex Development ( HXM), up 7.0% , were all gainers within the industrial goods sector with Northrop Grumman ( NOC) being today's featured industrial goods sector leader.

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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