Favourable macro trends are engineering an upswing for infrastructure stocks

Leading engineering and construction firms stand to benefit from governments' commitment to fixing infrastructure assets.

Vikram Barhat 22 August, 2018 | 5:00PM
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The technology sector remains hobbled by a slew of speed bumps ranging from slowing growth to stretched valuations, and from trade-war uncertainly to market saturation. By contrast, the relatively unglamorous and far less headline-hogging infrastructure sector appears ready for a rebound on the back of positive data, including the World Bank forecast that global infrastructure needs US$94 trillion worth of investment by 2040 to keep pace with economic and demographic changes.

Governments both in Canada and the United States recognize that the creaky infrastructure on both sides of the border is in dire need of overhauling. The large-scale upgrades will require massive spending. In fact, the Trump administration plans to invest a whopping US$1.5 trillion on infrastructure initiatives.

North of the border, the Canadian Government has floated its own $180-billion infrastructure spending program. Leading engineering and construction companies in both countries are well positioned to benefit from their respective governments' commitment to fixing roads, railway and highway systems, ports, bridges and other infrastructure assets.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar Rating
AECOM67.14 USD1.24Rating
Fluor Corp19.14 USD-19.53Rating
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc138.41 USD2.22Rating
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc27.54 CAD-0.61Rating

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Vikram Barhat

Vikram Barhat  Vikram Barhat is a Toronto-based financial writer specializing in investing, stock markets, personal finance and other areas of the financial services industry. He also writes for CNBC, BBC, The Globe and Mail, and Toronto Star.

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