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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 16 points (-0.1%) at 18,014 as of Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,633 issues advancing vs. 1,298 declining with 185 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Toll Brothers

(

TOL

), down 1.4%,

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company

(

CBI

), down 0.9% and

Stericycle

(

SRCL

), down 0.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3.

Universal Forest Products

(

UFPI

) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Universal Forest Products is down $2.83 (-5.3%) to $50.34 on average volume. Thus far, 39,465 shares of Universal Forest Products exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 79,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.85-$53.78 after having opened the day at $53.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.17.

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Universal Forest Products, Inc., through its subsidiaries, primarily designs, manufactures, and markets wood and wood-alternative products for retail building home centers and other retailers. Universal Forest Products has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Universal Forest Products a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Universal Forest Products

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Universal Forest Products Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Boise Cascade

(

BCC

) is down $5.55 (-13.0%) to $37.17 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Boise Cascade exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 352,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.30-$39.30 after having opened the day at $38.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.72.

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Boise Cascade Company manufactures wood products and distributes building materials in the United States and Canada. Boise Cascade has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 15.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Boise Cascade a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Boise Cascade

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Boise Cascade Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Waste Connections

(

WCN

) is down $0.64 (-1.4%) to $46.58 on light volume. Thus far, 261,694 shares of Waste Connections exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 941,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.55-$47.32 after having opened the day at $47.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.22.

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Waste Connections, Inc., an integrated municipal solid waste company, provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services primarily in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Western, Central, Eastern, and Exploration and Production (E&P). Waste Connections has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Waste Connections a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Waste Connections

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full

Waste Connections Ratings Report

now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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

).

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