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 0.1%. By the end of trading, Fluor Corporation rose $1.27 (1.8%) to $73.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,652,526 shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,458,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.36-$73.28 after having opened the day at $71.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.93. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: China Ceramics ( CCCL), up 5.5%, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), up 4.8%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 4.2% and TRC Companies ( TRR), up 3.8%.

Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Oil & Gas, Industrial & Infrastructure, Government, Global Services, and Power. Fluor Corporation has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 21.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Fluor Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), down 8.2%, EMCOR Group ( EME), down 4.8%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 4.3% and Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 4.1% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Stericycle Incorporated ( SRCL) 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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