PulteGroup Inc (PHM): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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PulteGroup ( PHM) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, PulteGroup fell $0.20 (-1.1%) to $18.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,628,324 shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,150,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.40-$18.76 after having opened the day at $18.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.71. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Trex ( TREX), down 9.8%, Tutor Perini ( TPC), down 5.0%, Griffon ( GFF), down 3.9% and PGT ( PGTI), down 3.6%.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, AAON ( AAON), up 9.2%, United States Lime & Minerals ( USLM), up 4.1%, China Recycling Energy ( CREG), up 3.8% and Ecology and Environment ( EEI), up 2.5% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Clean Harbors ( CLH) 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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