Clean Harbors Inc (CLH): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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Clean Harbors ( CLH) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Clean Harbors rose $1.10 (1.9%) to $60.53 on average volume. Throughout the day, 681,193 shares of Clean Harbors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 905,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $58.86-$60.72 after having opened the day at $59.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.43. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: AAON ( AAON), up 9.2%, United States Lime & Minerals ( USLM), up 4.1%, China Recycling Energy ( CREG), up 3.8% and Ecology and Environment ( EEI), up 2.5%.

Clean Harbors, Inc. provides environmental, energy, and industrial services primarily in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Clean Harbors has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Clean Harbors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Clean Harbors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Trex ( TREX), down 9.8%, Tutor Perini ( TPC), down 5.0%, Griffon ( GFF), down 3.9% and PGT ( PGTI), down 3.6% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with PulteGroup ( PHM) 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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