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Dig Industrial Stocks in an Improving Economy?

Producing concrete, construction equipment and rock salt sounds mundane. But investing in these companies can cement gains for investors who can stomach cyclical stocks.Because some industrial firms involved in transportation, construction and steel have staked out special, capital-intensive niches, they face less competition. So, they fare well when the economy is cranking ahead. Industrial stocks even outperformed buzz-worthy sectors such as real estate and communications last year, according to independent investment research company Morningstar.Compare brokerage accounts at Bankrate.com .However, many industrial stocks are still selling at reasonable valuations in a pricey stock market, says David Ott, a partner at Acropolis Investment Management LLC in Chesterfield, Mo.Despite these plusses, industrial stocks aren't for everyone. They're highly cyclical, says Patrick Hejlik, the CEO of Fourth Quadrant Asset Management in Danville, Calif. They move up with the market and can quickl...

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