Republic Services Inc (RSG): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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Republic Services ( RSG) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, Republic Services rose 60 cents (2.1%) to $28.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of Republic Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.15-$28.87 after having opened the day at $28.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.24. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Argan ( AGX), up 9.2%, Gafisa ( GFA), up 8.8%, Beazer Homes USA ( BZH), up 7%, and Heckmann ( HEK), up 6.4%.
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Republic Services, Inc. provides non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, and disposal services for commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential customers in the United States and Puerto Rico. Republic Services has a market cap of $10.31 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, 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 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Republic Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Republic Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Continental Materials Corporation ( CUO), down 6.1%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 4.7%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 3%, and India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 2.9%, were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Owens Corning Incorporated ( OC) being today's materials & construction industry laggard.

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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