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

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Lennar ( 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 0.3%. By the end of trading, Lennar rose $1.32 (3.5%) to $39.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,090,861 shares of Lennar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,592,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $38.50-$39.77 after having opened the day at $38.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.19. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 10.6%, M/I Homes ( MHO), up 8.7%, DR Horton ( DHI), up 8.3% and Sharps Compliance ( SMED), up 3.7%.

Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in homebuilding activities in the United States. Lennar has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Lennar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, 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, China Recycling Energy ( CREG), down 6.7%, MagneGas ( MNGA), down 6.7%, Avalon Holdings ( AWX), down 4.8% and Abengoa ( ABGB), down 4.1% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI) 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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