Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (LPX): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Winner

Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Louisiana-Pacific rose 20 cents (1.9%) to $10.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.1 million shares of Louisiana-Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.65-$10.94 after having opened the day at $10.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.66. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Art's-Way Manufacturing ( ARTW), up 13.2%, US Concrete ( USCR), up 10.3%, Cleantech Solutions International ( CLNT), up 9.9%, and China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 9%.

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 $1.54 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 39% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Louisiana-Pacific a buy, five analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Louisiana-Pacific as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Goldfield ( GV), down 12.6%, China Development Group Corporation ( CTDC), down 9.8%, Presstek ( PRST), down 8.2%, and A123 Systems ( AONE), down 7.6%, were all losers within the industrial goods sector with Flowserve Corporation ( FLS) being today's industrial goods sector loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).
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