Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (LPX): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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 up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Louisiana-Pacific rose $0.53 (3.4%) to $16.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,258,461 shares of Louisiana-Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,235,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.68-$16.45 after having opened the day at $15.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.67. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Homex Development ( HXM), up 7.0%, Caesarstone Sdot-Yam ( CSTE), up 6.0%, Goldfield ( GV), up 5.8% and Tri-Tech ( TRIT), up 5.7%.

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 $2.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Louisiana-Pacific a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Louisiana-Pacific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 8.9%, Texas Industries ( TXI), down 8.1%, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 4.9% and Cementos Pacasmayo SAA ADR ( CPAC), down 4.8% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Fastenal Company ( FAST) 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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