Darling International Inc ( DAR) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.7%. By the end of trading, Darling International Inc rose 54 cents (4%) to $13.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of Darling International Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.54-$14.07 after having opened the day at $13.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.45. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Nobility Homes Inc ( NOBH), up 15%, Headwaters Inc ( HW), up 9.7%, Avalon Holdings ( AWX), up 6.1%, and PGT Inc ( PGTI), up 4.3%.

Darling International Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides rendering, recycling, and recovery solutions to the food industry. It operates through two segments, Rendering and Bakery. Darling International Inc has a market cap of $1.55 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.9, below the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 11.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Darling International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Goldfield ( GV), down 12.2%, China Infrastructure Investment Corporation ( CIIC), down 11.3%, Patrick Industries Inc ( PATK), down 8.6%, and Beazer Homes USA Inc ( BZH), down 7.5%, were all losers within the materials & construction industry with Fluor Corporation ( FLR) 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).