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Better Than Expected Construction Spending Helps Related Stocks

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- On July 24 I wrote, Downgrades Point to Weak Construction Spending Ahead and on Tuesday we learned that construction spending rose a better than expected 0.6% in July. This information prompted me to provide an update on the profiles for the 11 construction-related companies I covered on July 24. All 11 stocks had sell ratings according to, and today they all have hold ratings.

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Between July 23 and Aug. 30 all 11 stocks profiled then and now have traded lower; four by less than 2%, and seven by 5.9% to 11.7%. On July 23 nine of the 11 were above their 200-day simple moving averages and today there are six as the risk of reversion to the mean was a factor.

Reading the Table

OV/UN Valued: Stocks with a red number are undervalued by this percentage. Those with a black number are overvalued by that percentage according to ValuEngine.

VE Rating: A "1-engine" rating is a strong sell, a "2-engine" rating is a sell, a "3-engine" rating is a hold, a "4-engine" rating is a buy and a "5-engine" rating is a strong buy.

Last 12-Month Return (%): Stocks with a red number declined by that percentage over the last 12 months. Stocks with a black number increased by that percentage.

Forecast 1-Year Return: Stocks with a red number are projected to decline by that percentage over the next 12 months. Stocks with a black number in the table are projected to move higher by that percentage over the next 12 months.

Value Level: Price at which to enter a GTC limit order to buy on weakness. The letters mean; W-weekly, M-monthly, Q-quarterly, S-semiannual and A-annual.

Pivot: A level between a value level and risky level that should be a magnet during the time frame noted.

Risky Level: Price at which to enter a GTC limit order to sell on strength.
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General Cable (BGC - Get Report) ($30.24) beat EPS estimates by 13 cents earning 69 cents a share on July 31. The provider of cooper and fiber optic wiring traded up to $33.36 on Aug. 1 and has been below its 200-day simple moving average at $32.32 since Aug. 15. My semiannual value level at $23.89 a weekly pivot at $32.28 and a monthly risky level at $35.45.
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