Ryland Group Inc. (RYL): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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Ryland Group ( RYL) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Ryland Group fell $0.40 (-1.1%) to $37.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,791,916 shares of Ryland Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,650,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $36.90-$37.85 after having opened the day at $37.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.44. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), down 11.8%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 6.7%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 5.6% and Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 5.0%.

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 industrial goods sector. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Ryland Group a buy, no analysts rate 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, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the positive front, US Concrete ( USCR), up 11.0%, Foster Wheeler ( FWLT), up 10.8%, Gafisa ( GFA), up 9.9% and Caesarstone Sdot-Yam ( CSTE), up 7.2% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) 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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