KB Home (KBH): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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KB Home ( KBH) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, KB Home rose $0.51 (3.0%) to $17.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,380,369 shares of KB Home exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,606,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.72-$17.42 after having opened the day at $16.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.80. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 13.6%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 4.0%, China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), up 3.5% and Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 2.9%.

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 industrial goods sector. Shares are up 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Homex Development ( HXM), down 30.6%, TRC Companies ( TRR), down 4.7%, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation ( GLDD), down 4.5% and Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), down 4.4% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Republic Services ( RSG) being today's materials & construction industry laggard.

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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