McDermott International Inc

(

MDR

) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, McDermott International Inc fell 28 cents (-2.7%) to $10.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.9 million shares of McDermott International Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of five million shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.13-$10.48 after having opened the day at $10.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.48. Other company's within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were:

WCA Waste Corporation

(

WCAA

), down 12.7%,

PGT Inc

(

PGTI

), down 7%,

Hovnanian Enterprises Inc

(

HOV

), down 6.6%, and

Foster Wheeler

(

FWLT

), down 5.1%.

McDermott International, Inc. operates as an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation company worldwide. The company focuses on designing and executing complex offshore oil and gas projects. McDermott International Inc has a market cap of $2.37 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, above the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 12.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDermott International as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Guanwei Recycling

(

GPRC

), up 13.3%,

India Globalization Capital Inc

(

IGC

), up 9.7%,

Louisiana-Pacific

(

LPX

), up 5%, and

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V

(

CX

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

Sherwin-Williams Company

(

SHW

) being today's featured materials & construction industry winner.

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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