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

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Fluor Corporation ( FLR) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Fluor Corporation fell $0.82 (-1.0%) to $79.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,397,283 shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,364,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $79.11-$80.53 after having opened the day at $80.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.01. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 5.9%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 4.7%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 3.6% and Sharps Compliance Corporation ( SMED), down 3.2%.

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 $12.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), up 13.9%, Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 12.8%, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), up 10.6% and Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX), up 4.8% , 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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