Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (LPX): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Louisiana-Pacific rose $0.21 (1.4%) to $15.35 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,601,868 shares of Louisiana-Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,724,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.74-$15.37 after having opened the day at $15.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.14. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 3.1%, Primoris Services Corporation ( PRIM), up 2.1%, Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), up 2.1% and Headwaters ( HW), up 2.0%.

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells building products for new home construction, repair and remodeling, manufactured housing, and light industrial and commercial construction. Louisiana-Pacific has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 18.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Louisiana-Pacific a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Louisiana-Pacific as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), down 12.8%, China Ceramics ( CCCL), down 9.3%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 8.6% and Gafisa ( GFA), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) 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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