Lennar Corporation (LEN): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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Lennar Corporation ( LEN) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, Lennar Corporation rose $1.74 (5.1%) to $36.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,165,952 shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,493,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.50-$36.26 after having opened the day at $34.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.31. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), up 8.7%, Dycom Industries ( DY), up 7.6%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 7.4% and Taylor Morrison Home ( TMHC), up 6.4%.

Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding, financial services, and real estate businesses in the United States. Lennar Corporation has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennar Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Tri-Tech ( TRIT), down 5.3%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 2.7%, Cementos Pacasmayo SAA ADR ( CPAC), down 2.4% and Vertex Energy ( VTNR), down 2.2% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Rayonier ( RYN) 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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