5 Stocks Pushing The Materials & Construction Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.2%) at 12,810 as of Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,635 issues advancing vs. 1,204 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. Top gainers within the industry include Griffon Corporation ( GFF), up 7.2%, McDermott International ( MDR), up 2.4%, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.9%, Masco Corporation ( MAS), up 1.2% and Lennar Corporation ( LEN), up 1.5%.

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

5. LSB Industries ( LXU) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, LSB Industries is down $1.95 (-5.8%) to $31.75 on heavy volume Thus far, 242,023 shares of LSB Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 151,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.48-$33.74 after having opened the day at $33.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.70.

LSB Industries, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of geothermal and water source heat pumps, air handling products, and chemical products. The company operates in two segments, Climate Control Business and Chemical Business. LSB Industries has a market cap of $759.0 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate LSB Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LSB Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full LSB Industries Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Texas Industries ( TXI) is down $0.91 (-2.0%) to $43.87 on light volume Thus far, 53,017 shares of Texas Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 388,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.81-$45.13 after having opened the day at $44.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.78.

Texas Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of heavy construction materials in the southwestern United States. It operates in three segments: Cement, Aggregates, and Consumer Products. Texas Industries has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 99.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 45.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Texas Industries a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Texas Industries as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Texas Industries Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Eagle Materials ( EXP) is down $0.24 (-0.4%) to $55.25 on light volume Thus far, 140,564 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 640,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.87-$56.29 after having opened the day at $55.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.49.

Eagle Materials Inc. manufactures and distributes building products used in residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure construction in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Cement, Gypsum Wallboard, Recycled Paperboard, and Concrete and Aggregates. Eagle Materials has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 55.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 112.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Eagle Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Ryland Group ( RYL) is down $0.41 (-1.2%) to $33.87 on light volume Thus far, 371,139 shares of Ryland Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.67-$34.90 after having opened the day at $34.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.28.

The Ryland Group, Inc. operates as a homebuilder and a mortgage-finance company in the United States. It engages in the design, construction, and sale of homes, as well as provides mortgage, title insurance, escrow, and insurance services. Ryland Group has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 98.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 105.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Ryland Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ryland Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, premium valuation and poor profit margins. Get the full Ryland Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, USG ( USG) is down $0.08 (-0.3%) to $26.52 on light volume Thus far, 610,219 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.28-$26.96 after having opened the day at $26.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.60.

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and distribution of building materials worldwide. USG has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of -12.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 155.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates USG as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full USG Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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