Republic Services

(

RSG

) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Republic Services rose 15 cents (0.6%) to $26.81 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Republic Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.68-$27 after having opened the day at $26.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.66. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were:

Nobility Homes

(

NOBH

), up 8.6%,

Integrated Electrical Services

(

IESC

), up 7.1%,

Perma-Fix Environmental Services

(

PESI

), up 4.3%, and

Caesarstone Sdot-Yam

(

CSTE

), up 3.1%.

Republic Services, Inc. provides non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, and disposal services for commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential customers in the United States and Puerto Rico. Republic Services has a market cap of $9.86 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, above the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 17.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Republic Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Republic Services as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

US Concrete

(

USCR

), down 10.7%,

Guanwei Recycling

(

GPRC

), down 5.2%,

Sharps Compliance Corporation

(

SMED

), down 5%, and

Tri-Tech

(

TRIT

), down 3.5%, were all losers within the materials & construction industry with

Masco Corporation

(

MAS

) being today's materials & construction industry loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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