Owens Corning Incorporated ( OC) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.2%. By the end of trading, Owens Corning Incorporated fell 35 cents (-1.3%) to $26.90 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of Owens Corning Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.36-$27.79 after having opened the day at $27.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.25. Other company's within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Nobility Homes ( NOBH), down 6.1%, Gafisa ( GFA), down 5.8%, Continental Materials Corporation ( CUO), down 2.2%, and KSW ( KSW), down 1.8%.

Owens Corning engages in the provision of composite and building materials systems worldwide. It operates in two segments, Composites and Building Materials. Owens Corning Incorporated has a market cap of $3.28 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, 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 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Owens Corning Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Owens Corning Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, PGT ( PGTI), up 10.1%, China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), up 9.8%, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation ( GLDD), up 7.6%, and US Concrete ( USCR), up 6.8%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Fluor Corporation ( FLR) 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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