Darling International Inc. (DAR): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

Darling International ( 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 1.3%. By the end of trading, Darling International rose 16 cents (1.1%) to $14.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 963,215 shares of Darling International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.04-$14.44 after having opened the day at $14.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.20. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Continental Materials Corporation ( CUO), up 6.7%, Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), up 5.5%, Nortek ( NTK), up 4.5%, and James Hardie Industries SE ( JHX), up 4.2%.

Darling International Inc. provides rendering, cooking oil, and bakery waste recycling and recovery solutions to the food industry. The company operates in two segments, Rendering and Bakery. Darling International has a market cap of $1.64 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, equal to the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Darling International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Darling International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 7.5%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 5.7%, M/I Homes ( MHO), down 5.7%, and Headwaters ( HW), down 5.6%, were all losers within the materials & construction industry with Toll Brothers ( TOL) 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).
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