Bet On Infrastructure Stocks
Kiplinger's Personal Finance|June 2021
On the heels of a $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, President Joe Biden has unveiled a major infrastructure initiative that would spend $2 trillion over eight years, financed in part by an increase in corporate tax rates from 21% to 28%.

If enacted, the plan would repair roads and bridges, invest in electric vehicles and charging stations, modernize the country’s electrical grid and beef up broadband internet access, among other goals. That means loads of potential for traditional infrastructure stocks, as well as for green-energy stocks and other alternative plays that will benefit from Biden’s “Build Back Better” theme. The investments that follow should bene-fit from a potential spending surge from Washington.

Building materials.

If you expect to see a lot of roads paved or repaired in the coming years, consider VULCAN MATERIALS (SYMBOL VMC, $173), America’s largest producer of construction aggregates (crushed stone, sand, gravel) and a major producer of asphalt and cement. Even with out a giant spending bill, Vulcan’s top line could get a meaningful boost from an expected increase in new-home construction. Similar to Vulcan, MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS (MLM, $346) specializes in the materials used in large construction and infrastructure projects, including sand and gravel products, concrete, and asphalt. The company also makes chemical products for industrial, agricultural and environmental applications.

Construction equipment.

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