PulteGroup Inc (PHM): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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PulteGroup ( PHM) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, PulteGroup fell $0.21 (-1.3%) to $16.18 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 17,211,340 shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,744,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.14-$16.67 after having opened the day at $16.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.39. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Nuverra Environmental Solutions ( NES), down 12.9%, Homex Development ( HXM), down 12.4%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 6.1% and Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 5.7%.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Headwaters ( HW), up 11.4%, Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V ( ICA), up 6.3%, Taylor Morrison Home ( TMHC), up 3.6% and China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), up 3.5% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Masco Corporation ( MAS) being today's featured materials & construction industry leader.

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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