Owens-Corning Inc. (OC): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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Owens-Corning ( OC) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Owens-Corning rose $0.49 (1.3%) to $38.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,497,244 shares of Owens-Corning exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,009,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.68-$38.83 after having opened the day at $37.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.96. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Veolia Environnement ( VE), up 7.3%, Caesarstone Sdot-Yam ( CSTE), up 3.8%, Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), up 3.6% and China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 2.9%.

Owens Corning produces and sells glass fiber reinforcements and other materials for composite systems; and residential and commercial building materials worldwide. It operates in two segments, Composites and Building Materials. Owens-Corning has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Owens-Corning a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Owens-Corning as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), down 6.4%, Skyline Corporation ( SKY), down 5.7%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 5.2% and Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), down 4.6% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Waste Management ( WM) 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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