5 Stocks Pushing The Materials & Construction Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 40 points (0.3%) at 12,582 as of Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 11:59 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,549 issues advancing vs. 1,392 declining with 99 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Foster Wheeler ( FWLT), down 3.3%, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 2.1% and Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC), down 1.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Toll Brothers ( TOL), up 1.6%, Lennar Corporation ( LEN), up 1.2%, PulteGroup ( PHM), up 1.0% and DR Horton ( DHI), up 0.7%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials is down $1.31 (-1.6%) to $81.25 on light volume Thus far, 111,127 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 439,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.25-$83.28 after having opened the day at $82.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.56.

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of aggregates for the construction industry primarily in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean Islands. Martin Marietta Materials has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Martin Marietta Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Martin Marietta Materials as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Martin Marietta Materials Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Quanta Services ( PWR) is down $0.25 (-1.0%) to $24.73 on average volume Thus far, 696,291 shares of Quanta Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.73-$25.13 after having opened the day at $25.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.98.

Quanta Services, Inc. provides specialty contracting services primarily in North America. Quanta Services has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Quanta Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Quanta Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Quanta Services Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Fastenal Company ( FAST) is down $0.36 (-0.9%) to $40.60 on average volume Thus far, 861,607 shares of Fastenal Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.49-$41.24 after having opened the day at $40.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.95.

Fastenal Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a wholesaler and retailer of industrial and construction supplies in the United States and internationally. Fastenal Company has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Fastenal Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fastenal Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Fastenal Company Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Fluor Corporation ( FLR) is down $0.56 (-1.1%) to $51.35 on light volume Thus far, 572,002 shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.10-$52.07 after having opened the day at $51.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.91.

Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management services worldwide. Fluor Corporation has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Fluor Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fluor Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Fluor Corporation Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) is down $0.07 (-0.8%) to $8.45 on light volume Thus far, 4.6 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.43-$8.63 after having opened the day at $8.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.52.

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, marketing, distribution, and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials worldwide. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of -3.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 56.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Cemex S.A.B. de C.V a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex S.A.B. de C.V as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins. Get the full Cemex S.A.B. de C.V Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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