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 up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Fluor Corporation rose $1.98 (2.5%) to $80.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,405,518 shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,463,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $78.48-$80.26 after having opened the day at $78.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.14. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 12.9%, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), up 8.6%, China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), up 6.8% and Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), up 6.7%.

Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, fabrication and modularization, commissioning and maintenance, and project management services worldwide. Fluor Corporation has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 4.8%, Hovnanian ( HOV), down 4.0%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 3.8% and TRC Companies ( TRR), down 3.4% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with KB Home ( KBH) 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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