HBSDealer Stock Watch: Bears break loose
|Hardware and building supply stocks were decidedly bearish during trading on Thursday. BECN and BLDR were both down more than 5%, and most of the 30 stocks below finished the day lower.|
|BLDR (Builders FS)||16.21||-5.26%|
|BMCH (BMC Stock)||21.75||-3.76%|
|CENT (Central Garden)||39.29||-1.85%|
|DE (Deere & Co.)||148.87||+0.74%|
|HD (Home Depot)||209.45||-1.19%|
|LL (Lumber Liquidators)||17.41||-1.75%|
|SMG (Scotts Miracle-Gro)||77.58||-0.47%|
|TSCO (Tractor Supply)||88.61||-0.02%|
|UFPI (Universal Forest)||37.13||-2.93%|
Simpson Strong-Tie invites ‘best shots’
A photo contest highlights an expansion of the Outdoor Accents line.
Pleasanton, Calif.-based Simpson Strong-Tie expanded its Outdoor Accents decorative hardware line to offer deck builders and others more options for outdoor projects.
And to highlight the fact, the company launched its Outdoor Accents “Give It Your Best Shot” photo contest, which runs through Oct. 22. Anyone who has built an outdoor living structure using Outdoor Accents decorative hardware is invited to send in photos for a chance to win an outdoor TV, YETI cooler and Simpson Strong-Tie-branded items.
ntroduced in 2016, the Outdoor Accents collection accommodates nominal and rough lumber sizes to provide designers and installers with maximum flexibility when planning and building custom outdoor structures. The patent-pending hex-head washer, when used with the structural screw, offers the look of a bolted connection with significantly faster and easier installation than through-bolting.
2018 additions to the Outdoor Accents line include joist hangers, gable plates, decorative side plates and new sizes of the popular APDJT joist tie, the APDTS3 Texas star and the APDMW56 decorative washer. All Outdoor Accents connectors and fasteners — including screws, post bases, strap ties and angles — are made from exterior-rated galvanized steel with a black powder-coat finish for corrosion protection.
“We are excited to continue the expansion of our successful line of decorative outdoor hardware and provide contractors and builders with a one-stop solution for attractive connectors and fasteners that are easy to install and provide superior load strength,” said Sam Hensen, Simpson Strong-Tie vice president of connectors and lateral systems.
Eye on Retail: Alexa, order me a Christmas tree
Amazon is moving in on a holiday tradition.
The online giant will sell live, full-size Christmas trees this year, the Associated Press reported, shipping them in its standard box format. Amazon sold small live Christmas trees last year, but they were of the table-top variety (shorter than 3 ft.).
The trees, which will include 7-ft. Fraser firs along with Douglas firs and Norfolk Island pines, will be shipped within 10 days of being cut down, if not sooner, allowing them to survive the shipping and still arrive fresh.
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