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McDermott International



) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, McDermott International rose $0.22 (2.4%) to $9.55 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6,568,470 shares of McDermott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,788,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.26-$9.60 after having opened the day at $9.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.33. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were:




), up 4.0%,

Perma-Fix Environmental Services



), up 3.8%,

Homex Development



), up 2.8% and

Ecology and Environment



), up 2.5%.

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McDermott International, Inc. operates as an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Asia Pacific, Atlantic, and the Middle East. It focuses on designing and executing complex offshore oil and gas projects. McDermott International has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, 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 Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate McDermott International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDermott International as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

MagneGas Corporation



), down 22.8%,

Real Goods Solar



), down 11.5%,




), down 8.8% and

Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V



), down 7.6% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with

DR Horton



) being today's materials & construction industry laggard.

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