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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Lennar Corporation rose $0.56 (1.4%) to $41.85 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,793,945 shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,442,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.25-$42.43 after having opened the day at $41.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.29. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), up 13.9%, Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 12.8%, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), up 10.6% and Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX), up 4.8%.

Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in homebuilding activities in the United States. Lennar Corporation has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. 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, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 5.9%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 4.7%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 3.6% and Sharps Compliance Corporation ( SMED), down 3.2% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Fluor Corporation ( FLR) 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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