Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CBI): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company rose $1.13 (1.4%) to $80.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 968,258 shares of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,230,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $78.82-$81.20 after having opened the day at $79.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.17. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Trex Company ( TREX), up 20.7%, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), up 5.6%, Sterling Construction Company ( STRL), up 3.7% and Nuverra Environmental Solutions ( NES), up 3.4%.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V., an energy infrastructure focused company, provides conceptual design, technology, engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, and commissioning services to customers in the energy, petrochemical, and natural resource industries worldwide. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Chicago Bridge & Iron Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chicago Bridge & Iron Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Armstrong World Industries ( AWI), down 9.1%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 6.2%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 5.8% and China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 5.3% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) 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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