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Fluor Corporation



) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Fluor Corporation fell $1.30 (-2.1%) to $60.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,614,238 shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,607,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $59.98-$61.38 after having opened the day at $61.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.60. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were:

Homex Development



), down 31.1%,

A V Homes



), down 5.1%,

Armstrong World Industries



), down 5.0% and

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation



), down 4.5%.

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 $10.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 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


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front,

China Recycling Energy Corporation



), up 14.9%,

Perma-Fix Environmental Services



), up 6.9%,

Guanwei Recycling



), up 6.7% and

Ecology and Environment



), up 2.3%.

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) while those bearish on the materials & construction industry could consider

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