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Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CBI): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CBI) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company rose 63 cents (1.6%) to $40.63 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40-$40.66 after having opened the day at $40.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: India Globalization Capital (IGC), up 7.4%, Sterling Construction Company (STRL), up 6.2%, China Advanced Construction Materials Group (CADC), up 5.3%, and Sharps Compliance Corporation (SMED), up 5.1%.

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Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. provides conceptual design, technology, engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, and commissioning services to energy and natural resource industries worldwide. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company has a market cap of $3.85 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Chicago Bridge & Iron Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chicago Bridge & Iron Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Perma-Fix Environmental Services (PESI), down 6%, Real Goods Solar (RSOL), down 5.7%, Energy Solutions (ES), down 5.5%, and Integrated Electrical Services (IESC), down 5.3%, were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with PulteGroup (PHM) 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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