Republic Services Inc ( RSG) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Republic Services Inc fell 28 cents (-1%) to $26.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Republic Services Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.90-$27.34 after having opened the day at $27.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.23. Other company's within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Gafisa ( GFA), down 7.9%, PGT Inc ( PGTI), down 7.7%, Goldfield ( GV), down 6.8%, and Headwaters Inc ( HW), down 6%.

Republic Services, Inc. provides non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, and disposal services for commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential customers. Republic Services Inc has a market cap of $10.27 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, equal to the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Republic Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, China Infrastructure Investment Corporation ( CIIC), up 17.5%, Nobility Homes Inc ( NOBH), up 8.2%, Heritage-Crystal Clean ( HCCI), up 3.5%, and Patrick Industries Inc ( PATK), up 3.5%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Lennar Corporation ( LEN) being today's featured materials & construction industry winner.

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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