Editor's Note: 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

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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 13,082 as of Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 1:34 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,351 issues advancing vs. 1,574 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include

USG

(

USG

), up 3.0%,

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company

(

CBI

), up 1.8%,

Quanta Services

(

PWR

), up 2.1% and

Republic Services

(

RSG

), up 0.3%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4.

Darling International

(

DAR

) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Darling International is down $0.30 (-1.8%) to $15.88 on average volume Thus far, 786,298 shares of Darling International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 805,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.68-$16.20 after having opened the day at $16.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.17.

Darling International Inc. provides rendering, cooking oil, and bakery waste recycling and recovery solutions to the food industry. The company operates in two segments, Rendering and Bakery. Darling International has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Darling International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Darling International as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Darling International Ratings Report

now.

3. As of noon trading,

Vulcan Materials Company

(

VMC

) is down $0.04 (-0.1%) to $46.31 on light volume Thus far, 171,882 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 610,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.78-$46.61 after having opened the day at $46.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.35.

Vulcan Materials Company engages in the production and sale of construction aggregates, as well as asphalt mix, ready-mixed concrete, and cement primarily in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Aggregates, Concrete, Asphalt Mix, and Cement. Vulcan Materials Company has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of -79.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan Materials Company as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. Get the full

Vulcan Materials Company Ratings Report

now.

2. As of noon trading,

Fastenal Company

(

FAST

) is down $0.53 (-1.2%) to $43.27 on average volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Fastenal Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.28-$43.34 after having opened the day at $42.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.80.

Fastenal Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a wholesaler and retailer of industrial and construction supplies in the United States and internationally. Fastenal Company has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Fastenal Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fastenal Company as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full

Fastenal Company Ratings Report

now.

1. As of noon trading,

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V

(

CX

) is down $0.06 (-0.7%) to $9.04 on average volume Thus far, 12.9 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.99-$9.23 after having opened the day at $9.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.11.

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, marketing, distribution, and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials worldwide. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of -4.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 73.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Cemex S.A.B. de C.V a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex S.A.B. de C.V as a

sell

. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins. Get the full

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V Ratings Report

now.

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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