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


Waste Management



) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Waste Management fell 45 cents (-1.4%) to $32.53 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of Waste Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.44-$32.99 after having opened the day at $32.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.98. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were:




), down 10.9%,

Real Goods Solar



), down 10%,

Pure Cycle Corporation



), down 8.7%, and

Pike Electric Corporation



), down 5.9%.

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Waste Management, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides waste management services to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in North America. It offers collection, transfer, recycling, and disposal services. Waste Management has a market cap of $15.19 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, above the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 16.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Waste Management a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waste Management as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front,

US Concrete



), up 11.9%,

Xinyuan Real Estate



), up 10%,

Orion Marine Group



), up 3.6%, and

Pope Resources



), up 2.5%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with

Toll Brothers



) being today's featured materials & construction industry leader.

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



) while those bearish on the materials & construction industry could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd




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