The materials & construction industry closed the day up 3%. TRC Companies Inc ( TRR), Sterling Construction Company Inc ( STRL), WCA Waste Corporation ( WCAA), and Comfort Systems USA Inc ( FIX) 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 82 cents (2.5%) to $33.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Waste Management Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares.

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 Inc has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.4, 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 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waste Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. 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, American Mold Guard Incorporated ( AMGI), Nobility Homes Inc ( NOBH), and Continental Materials Corporation ( CUO) were all losers within the materials & construction industry with Skyline Corporation ( SKY) 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).