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5 Construction Stocks to Load Up and Buy

Apr, 11 2012


As the economy recovers these stocks can profit in housing...
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Construction isn’t exactly going like gangbusters right now, with a housing downturn and government spending on infrastructure isn’t so hot. But don’t think that means all construction companies aren’t worth the effort. The bottom line is that the economy is slowly recovering – and a select group of construction firms are bouncing back strongly from the bottom.

I watch more than 5,000 publicly traded companies with my Portfolio Grader tool, ranking companies by a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. And this week, I’ve uncovered five construction stocks to buy.

Each one of these stocks gets an “A” or “B” according to my research, meaning it is a “strong buy” or “buy.”

Vulcan Materials  (NYSE:VMC) produces crushed stone, sand, and gravel, along with other construction aggregates. VMC stock has gained 9% in 2012. Vulcan Materials stock gets an “A” grade for earnings momentum, and an “A” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months. For more information, view my complete analysis of VMC stock.

Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE:MLM) is another aggregates producer that specializes in infrastructure, agricultural, nonresidential and residential. In the last 3 months, MLM stock is up 13%. Martin Marietta  stock gets an “A” grade for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimate on Wall Street, and an “A” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months. For more information, view my complete analysis of MLM stock.

Eagle Materials (NYSE:EXP) distributes gypsum wallboard and manufactures and sells cement. Since January, Eagle stock has gained 34%. EXP stock gets a “B” grade for sales growth, an “A” grade for earnings momentum, an “A” grade for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimate on Wall Street, and an “A” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months. For more information, view my complete analysis of EXP stock.

CRH (NYSE:CRH) is a diversified building materials company that has posted a gain of 2% since the start of 2012. CRH stock gets a “B” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months. For more information, view my complete analysis of CRH stock.

Cemex (NYSE:CX) is a Mexican cement manufacturer. In the last three months, CX stock has posted a gain of 47%. Cemex stock gets a “B” grade for earnings momentum, and an “A” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of CX stock.

By Louis Navellier, Editor, Blue Chip Growth


SOURCE:  www.investorplace.com

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