Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.9%. By the end of trading, Louisiana-Pacific rose 5 cents (0.7%) to $7.18 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of Louisiana-Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.05-$7.50 after having opened the day at $7.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.13. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Patrick Industries Inc ( PATK), up 9.6%, PGT Inc ( PGTI), up 4.2%, Avalon Holdings ( AWX), up 3.9%, and James Hardie Industries SE ( JHX), up 3.7%.

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing and distributing building products for new home construction, repair and remodeling, manufactured housing, and light industrial and commercial construction. Louisiana-Pacific has a market cap of $958 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 25.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Louisiana-Pacific as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, American Mold Guard Incorporated ( AMGI), down 50%, China Infrastructure Investment Corporation ( CIIC), down 38.8%, Real Goods Solar Inc ( RSOL), down 8.4%, and Gafisa ( GFA), down 7%, were all losers within the materials & construction industry with Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) 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).
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