Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company rose $1.28 (3.5%) to $37.81 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.53-$38.05 after having opened the day at $36.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.53. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Tri-Tech Holding Inc ( TRIT), up 8.1%, Integrated Electrical Services Inc ( IESC), up 7.5%, KB Home ( KBH), up 6.2%, and M/I Homes Inc ( MHO), up 5.2%.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. provides engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services, as well as process technology solutions primarily to energy and natural resource industries. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company has a market cap of $3.72 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, equal to the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chicago Bridge as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, WCA Waste Corporation ( WCAA), down 9.4%, China Infrastructure Investment Corporation ( CIIC), down 8.7%, India Globalization Capital Inc ( IGC), down 6.6%, and Real Goods Solar Inc ( RSOL), down 4.4%, were all losers within the materials & construction industry with Quanta Services Inc ( PWR) being today's materials & construction industry loser.

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).