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5 Stocks Pushing The Materials & Construction Industry Lower

1. As of noon trading, USG ( USG) is down $0.08 (-0.3%) to $26.52 on light volume Thus far, 610,219 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.28-$26.96 after having opened the day at $26.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.60.

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and distribution of building materials worldwide. USG has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of -12.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 155.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates USG as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full USG Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the materials & construction industry could consider SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF ( XHB) while those bearish on the materials & construction industry could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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