McDermott International Inc (MDR): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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McDermott International ( MDR) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, McDermott International fell $0.25 (-3.2%) to $7.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,858,076 shares of McDermott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,427,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.49-$7.80 after having opened the day at $7.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.76. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Vertex Energy ( VTNR), down 5.2%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 3.4%, Layne Christensen Company ( LAYN), down 3.3% and Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), down 2.3%.

McDermott International, Inc. operates as an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Asia Pacific, Atlantic, and the Middle East. It focuses on designing and executing complex offshore oil and gas projects. McDermott International has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate McDermott International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDermott International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 7.2%, Gafisa ( GFA), up 6.2%, China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), up 6.2% and Homex Development ( HXM), up 6.1% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Lennar Corporation ( LEN) being today's featured materials & construction industry leader.

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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