Ryland Group Inc. (RYL): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Winner

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Ryland Group ( RYL) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Ryland Group rose $0.77 (2.0%) to $38.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,213,599 shares of Ryland Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,512,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.62-$39.30 after having opened the day at $37.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.73. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 13.6%, Compx International ( CIX), up 8.1%, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), up 5.8% and Simpson Manufacturing ( SSD), up 4.7%.

The Ryland Group, Inc. operates as a homebuilder and a mortgage-finance company in the United States. It engages in the design, construction, and sale of homes, as well as provides mortgage origination, title insurance, escrow, and insurance services. Ryland Group has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Ryland Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ryland Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Homex Development ( HXM), down 30.6%, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 15.5%, Altra Holdings ( AIMC), down 15.0% and Clean Diesel Technologies ( CDTI), down 11.6% , were all laggards within the industrial goods sector with Triumph Group ( TGI) being today's industrial goods sector laggard.

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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