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Armstrong World Industries

(

AWI

) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Armstrong World Industries fell $0.68 (-1.3%) to $52.06 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,073,437 shares of Armstrong World Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,001,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $51.31-$52.78 after having opened the day at $52.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.74. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were:

China Ceramics

(

CCCL

), down 6.2%,

Ecology and Environment

(

EEI

), down 4.6%,

Sharps Compliance Corporation

(

SMED

), down 4.2% and

Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR

(

HXM

), down 4.0%.

Armstrong World Industries, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells flooring products and ceiling systems worldwide. Armstrong World Industries has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Armstrong World Industries a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Armstrong World Industries

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Perma-Fix Environmental Services

(

PESI

), up 20.8%,

Nuverra Environmental Solutions

(

NES

), up 7.6%,

Gafisa

(

GFA

), up 7.2% and

Louisiana-Pacific

(

LPX

), up 3.3% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with

Eagle Materials

(

EXP

) 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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