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 1.4%. By the end of trading, Ryland Group rose $2.03 (5.8%) to $36.83 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,855,124 shares of Ryland Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,695,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.04-$37.23 after having opened the day at $34.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.80. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 10.0%, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), up 8.4%, China Ming Yang Wind Power Group ( MY), up 7.7% and DR Horton ( DHI), up 5.7%.

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 $1.7 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are down 4.7% 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 attractive valuation levels. 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 negative front, China Valves Technology ( CVVT), down 14.3%, Ballard Power Systems ( BLDP), down 9.3%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 9.1% and Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC), down 7.9% , were all laggards within the industrial goods sector with Emerson Electric ( EMR) 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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