Heckmann Corp (HEK): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

Heckmann ( HEK) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 3.1%. By the end of trading, Heckmann rose 3 cents (1%) to $3.10 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Heckmann exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.08-$3.14 after having opened the day at $3.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.07. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Gafisa ( GFA), up 8.3%, Goldfield ( GV), up 5.3%, Jewett-Cameron Trading Company ( JCTCF), up 1.9%, and Heritage-Crystal Clean ( HCCI), up 1.7%.

Heckmann Corporation operates as a services-based company focused on total water and wastewater solutions for shale or unconventional oil and gas exploration and production. Heckmann has a market cap of $454.4 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 54.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Heckmann a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Heckmann as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Energy Solutions ( ES), down 54.9%, M/I Homes ( MHO), down 8.7%, KB Home ( KBH), down 8.1%, and TRC Companies ( TRR), down 6.5%, were all losers within the materials & construction industry with PulteGroup ( PHM) 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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