Fluor Corporation (FLR): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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Fluor Corporation ( FLR) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, Fluor Corporation rose 52 cents (1%) to $51.91 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.5 million shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.09-$52.07 after having opened the day at $51.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.39. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), up 6.6%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), up 5.4%, Argan ( AGX), up 4.3%, and Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), up 2.6%.
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Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management services worldwide. Fluor Corporation has a market cap of $8.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Fluor Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fluor Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, 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 has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Tri-Tech ( TRIT), down 39.4%, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 10.6%, Goldfield ( GV), down 9.8%, and Jewett-Cameron Trading Company ( JCTCF), down 7.3%, were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Owens Corning Incorporated ( OC) being today's materials & construction industry laggard.

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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