Fluor Corporation

(

FLR

) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Fluor Corporation rose 36 cents (0.8%) to $47.39 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.3 million shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.12-$48.50 after having opened the day at $47.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.03. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were:

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company

(

CBI

), up 7.8%,

Guanwei Recycling

(

GPRC

), up 6.8%,

Caesarstone Sdot-Yam

(

CSTE

), up 6.7%, and

Goldfield

(

GV

), up 5.5%.

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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 $8.2 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, below the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 13.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

China Advanced Construction Materials Group

(

CADC

), down 20%,

USG

(

USG

), down 18.1%,

Integrated Electrical Services

(

IESC

), down 8.4%, and

Eagle Materials

(

EXP

), down 7.1%, were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with

Sherwin-Williams Company

(

SHW

) being today's materials & construction industry laggard.

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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