PulteGroup Inc (PHM): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Laggard

PulteGroup ( PHM) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, PulteGroup fell $0.68 (-3.4%) to $19.54 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,350,019 shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,935,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.40-$20.29 after having opened the day at $20.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.22. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were: China Valves Technology ( CVVT), down 13.3%, Art's-Way Manufacturing ( ARTW), down 12.8%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 9.5% and GreenHunter Resources ( GRH), down 7.8%.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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 shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, JinkoSolar ( JKS), up 17.9%, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), up 13.7%, NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), up 11.6% and Bonso Electronics International ( BNSO), up 9.9% , were all gainers within the industrial goods sector with Reliance Steel and Aluminum ( RS) 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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