Stericycle Incorporated

(

SRCL

) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Stericycle Incorporated rose 58 cents (0.8%) to $77.07 on light volume. Throughout the day, 283,506 shares of Stericycle Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 508,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $75.94-$77.43 after having opened the day at $76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.49. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were:

Avalon Holdings

(

AWX

), up 10.3%,

Hovnanian Enterprises Inc

(

HOV

), up 4.9%,

Patrick Industries Inc

(

PATK

), up 4.4%, and

India Globalization Capital Inc

(

IGC

), up 2.9%.

Stericycle, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides regulated waste management and related services in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Romania, and the United Kingdom. Stericycle Incorporated has a market cap of $6.58 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.4, below the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 30.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stericycle as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

Guanwei Recycling

(

GPRC

), down 9.5%,

Jewett-Cameron Trading Company

(

JCTCF

), down 9.2%,

WCA Waste Corporation

(

WCAA

), down 8.3%, and

American Woodmark Corporation

(

AMWD

), down 6.1%, were all losers within the materials & construction industry with

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V

(

CX

) 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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