The materials & construction industry closed the day down 2.9%. Deltic Timber Corporation ( DEL), Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), and China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC) were all winners today within the materials & construction industry with Waste Management Inc ( WM) being today's featured materials & construction winner. Waste Management Inc rose 23 cents (0.7%) to $32.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.6 million shares of Waste Management Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares.

Waste Management, Inc. provides integrated waste management services in North America. The company offers collection, transfer, recycling, disposal, and waste-to-energy services. Waste Management Inc has a market cap of $14.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, equal to the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 14.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waste Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Insituform Technologies ( INSU), McDermott International Inc ( MDR), Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX), and Gafisa ( GFA) were all losers within the materials & construction industry with Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) being today's materials & construction industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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