Armstrong World Industries ( AWI) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Armstrong World Industries rose 69 cents (1.5%) to $45.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 540,448 shares of Armstrong World Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 363,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $44.73-$45.98 after having opened the day at $45.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.17. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Gafisa ( GFA), up 7.8%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), up 6.2%, Quanta Services ( PWR), up 3.8%, and MYR Group ( MYRG), up 2.9%. Armstrong World Industries, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of flooring products and ceiling systems in the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. Armstrong World Industries has a market cap of $2.64 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.7, above the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 22.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Armstrong World Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Armstrong World Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.