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

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KB Home ( KBH) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, KB Home rose $0.28 (1.6%) to $17.73 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,307,614 shares of KB Home exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,732,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.36-$18.13 after having opened the day at $17.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.45. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 14.0%, Euro Tech Holdings Company ( CLWT), up 11.5%, PGT ( PGTI), up 7.5% and Mohawk Industries ( MHK), up 7.2%.

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 12.3% 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 15.1%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 11.8%, ZBB Energy Corporation ( ZBB), down 11.6% and MRC Global ( MRC), down 11.0% , were all laggards within the industrial goods sector with Flowserve Corporation ( FLS) 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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