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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