The materials & construction industry closed the day up 2.1%. Nobility Homes Inc ( NOBH), McDermott International Inc ( MDR), KB Home ( KBH), and Toll Brothers Inc ( TOL) 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 63 cents (2%) to $32.62 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of Waste Management Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 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 $14.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, 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 14.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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, Avatar Holdings Inc ( AVTR), Sharps Compliance Corporation ( SMED), Sterling Construction Company Inc ( STRL), and PGT Inc ( PGTI) were all losers within the materials & construction industry with Energy Solutions Inc ( ES) 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).