Ryland Group Inc. (RYL): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Laggard

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Ryland Group ( RYL) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Ryland Group fell $0.59 (-1.3%) to $44.62 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,417,960 shares of Ryland Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,075,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $43.94-$45.39 after having opened the day at $45.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.21. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were: ZBB Energy Corporation ( ZBB), down 13.3%, Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), down 7.0%, Ballard Power Systems ( BLDP), down 5.2% and China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 4.8%.

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 $2.2 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 6.9% 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 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 also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Energy Recovery ( ERII), up 36.6%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 12.9%, CECO Environmental ( CECE), up 12.5% and Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), up 12.1% , were all gainers within the industrial goods sector with Eaton Corporation ( ETN) being today's featured industrial goods sector leader.

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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