The materials & construction industry closed the day up 2.6%. India Globalization Capital Inc ( IGC), Real Goods Solar Inc ( RSOL), KSW Inc ( KSW), and Continental Materials Corporation ( CUO) were all decliners today within the materials & construction industry with Orion Marine Group Inc ( ORN) being today's featured materials & construction loser. Orion Marine Group Inc fell 7 cents (-1.1%) to $6.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 45,533 shares of Orion Marine Group Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 340,500 shares.

Orion Marine Group, Inc. operates as a marine specialty contractor serving the heavy civil marine infrastructure market. Orion Marine Group Inc has a market cap of $173.4 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, below the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 20.9 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 45% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Orion Marine Group as a hold. 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 and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

On the positive front, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), Nobility Homes Inc ( NOBH), M/I Homes Inc ( MHO), and Ryland Group Inc ( RYL) were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Waste Management Inc ( WM) 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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