The materials & construction industry closed the day up 4%. China Infrastructure Investment Corporation ( CIIC), Avalon Holdings ( AWX), and Patrick Industries Inc ( PATK) were all decliners today within the materials & construction industry with Perma-Fix Environmental Services Inc ( PESI) being today's featured materials & construction loser. Perma-Fix Environmental Services Inc fell 2 cents (-1.5%) to $1.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 24,475 shares of Perma-Fix Environmental Services Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 84,700 shares.

Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an environmental and technology know-how company in the United States. It operates through two segments: Nuclear Waste Management Services (Nuclear Segment) and Consulting Engineering Services (Engineering Segment). Perma-Fix Environmental Services Inc has a market cap of $71.7 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26, equal to the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Perma-Fix Environmental Services as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, India Globalization Capital Inc ( IGC), China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), WCA Waste Corporation ( WCAA), and USG ( USG) 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).