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Fluor Corporation (FLR): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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Fluor Corporation ( FLR) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Fluor Corporation fell $1.33 (-2.1%) to $60.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,814,779 shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,015,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $60.27-$61.80 after having opened the day at $61.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.91. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), down 7.1%, Gafisa ( GFA), down 4.1%, Clean Harbors ( CLH), down 3.5% and China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), down 3.5%.

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Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Oil & Gas, Industrial & Infrastructure, Government, Global Services, and Power. Fluor Corporation has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Fluor Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fluor Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, American Mold Guard Incorporated ( AMGI), down 11.1%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 7.7%, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 5.9% and Tri-Tech ( TRIT), down 5.4% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Lennar Corporation ( LEN) 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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