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 0.7%. By the end of trading, Ryland Group fell $0.53 (-1.2%) to $42.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 782,201 shares of Ryland Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,234,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $41.90-$43.26 after having opened the day at $42.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.04. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Tecnoglass ( TGLS), down 8.5%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 7.3%, Nuverra Environmental Solutions ( NES), down 6.2% and Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 5.1%.

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 $1.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Ryland Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 49.5%, Layne Christensen Company ( LAYN), up 12.2%, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), up 11.4% and Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 10.6% , 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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