LSB Industries Inc ( LXU) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2%. By the end of trading, LSB Industries Inc fell $6.09 (-15%) to $34.41 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of LSB Industries Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 240,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.89-$36.24 after having opened the day at $34.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.50. Other company's within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: US Concrete Inc ( USCR), down 6.8%, China Infrastructure Investment Corporation ( CIIC), down 4.5%, Continental Materials Corporation ( CUO), down 3.8%, and Argan Inc ( AGX), down 2.6%.

LSB Industries, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of geothermal and water source heat pumps, air handling products, and chemical products. The company operates in two segments, Climate Control Business and the Chemical Business. LSB Industries Inc has a market cap of $833.2 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, above the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 12.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 61% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates LSB as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Beazer Homes USA Inc ( BZH), up 16.3%, Headwaters Inc ( HW), up 13.6%, Patrick Industries Inc ( PATK), up 10.6%, and Standard Pacific ( SPF), up 10.6%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with DR Horton Inc ( DHI) 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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