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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 1.0%. By the end of trading, Fluor Corporation fell $1.34 (-1.7%) to $76.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,838,436 shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,302,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $75.56-$77.63 after having opened the day at $76.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.46. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were:

MagneGas Corporation

(

MNGA

), down 6.8%,

Industrial Services of America

(

IDSA

), down 6.5%,

Gafisa

(

GFA

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), down 6.5% and

Real Goods Solar

(

RSOL

), down 5.5%.

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 $12.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Fluor Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front,

Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR

(

HXM

), up 3.1%,

China Recycling Energy Corporation

(

CREG

), up 2.3%,

Hovnanian

(

HOV

), up 2.0% and

KB Home

(

KBH

), up 1.6% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with

Martin Marietta Materials

(

MLM

) 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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