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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 up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Fluor Corporation fell 66 cents (-1.2%) to $53.29 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in price between $52.80-$53.90 after having opened the day at $53.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.95. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were:

Integrated Electrical Services

(

IESC

), down 7.8%,

Nobility Homes

(

NOBH

), down 4%,

Skyline Corporation

(

SKY

), down 3.6%, and

India Globalization Capital

(

IGC

), down 3.4%.

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Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management services worldwide. Fluor Corporation has a market cap of $9.04 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, equal to the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Fluor Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fluor Corporation as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

Tri-Tech

(

TRIT

), up 8.7%,

USG

(

USG

), up 7.9%,

Comstock

(

CHCI

), up 5.2%, and

Standard Pacific

(

SPF

), up 4.8%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with

DR Horton

(

DHI

) 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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