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HCN Stock Watch: Weyerhaeuser wins

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Few of HCN’s Top 30 stocks experienced growth on Wednesday, but of those who did, Weyerhaeuser took the lead with a 2.96% uptick.

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Cree shines bright in fourth quarter

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Durham, N.C.-based Cree, maker of LED lighting products, reported strong gains in sales and net income as it carries the flag for the growth of LED lighting.

Cree announced revenue of $375.0 million in the fourth quarter, up 22% from revenue of $306.8 million in the same quarter last year. Net income for the fourth quarter was $28.2 million, up 182%.

"Our fiscal fourth quarter was a strong finish to a great year, with record revenue and good earnings growth in line with our targets," said Chuck Swoboda, Cree chairman and CEO. "Total company backlog is ahead of this point last quarter, and we are targeting solid growth in LED lighting in the first quarter.” 

For the full year, Cree’s revenue of $1.39 billion marked a 19% increase over the previous year. Net income for the fiscal year was $86.9 million, up 96%. 

“Our new products have opened new applications, improved payback and fueled growth in LED lighting. We remain focused on driving mass adoption and our goal of 100% upgrade to LED lighting," Swoboda said.

Cree’s product families include LED fixtures and bulbs, blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs, lighting-class power LEDs, power-switching devices and RF devices.

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Construction Backlog Indicator up by 3.9% in Q2

BY HBSDealer Staff

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) reported a 3.9% increase in its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) last quarter, representing 8.2 months of backlogged work, up from 7.9 months in the first quarter of 2013.

The CBI is a metric that details the amount of commercial and industrial construction work that is currently under contract and not yet completed.

“For several quarters, various surveys on nonresidential construction firms operating across the United States have indicated a growing sense of confidence regarding the near-term outlook,” said Associated Builders and Contractors chief economist Anirban Basu. “Now we know why: They’re getting busier."

Basu said that while the sporadic recovery of the nonresidentail construction industry is buoyed by jobs gains and the economic recovery at large, a full recovery still lies just beyond the industry’s grasp.

Compared to 2012’s second quarter, the backlog is up by 6.6%. 

More details can be found on ABC’s website.

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