Related Links: InvestorPlace: 5 Construction Stocks To Load Up and Buy Motley Fool: Comparing Two E&C Stocks It has been a brutal year for construction stocks, but hedge funds and exchange-traded funds tracking the construction sector have provided modest appreciation.The popularity of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has exploded in recent years, bringing increasing play to construction and infrastructure stocks. Miami's Mastec Inc. (NYSE:MTZ) is included in at least 26 ETFs—such as First Trust's Clean Edge Smart Grid (NASDAQ:GRID)—and that exposure is good for the firm, says J. Marc Lewis, Mastec investor-relations coordinator."I'm sure it does help drive demand for our stock,"
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.