Toll Brothers Inc (TOL): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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Toll Brothers ( TOL) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Toll Brothers rose $0.45 (1.2%) to $37.00 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,093,839 shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,486,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.25-$37.03 after having opened the day at $36.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.55. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 4.8%, Installed Building Products ( IBP), up 4.2%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), up 3.2% and Comfort Systems USA ( FIX), up 1.8%.

Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities in the Unites States. It is also involved in building and selling homes in urban infill markets. Toll Brothers has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Toll Brothers a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toll Brothers as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 8.0%, Sharps Compliance Corporation ( SMED), down 6.6%, Xinyuan Real Estate ( XIN), down 5.8% and Vertex Energy ( VTNR), down 5.4% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) 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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