5 Stocks Pushing The Materials & Construction Industry Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 17 points (-0.1%) at 12,949 as of Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,707 issues advancing vs. 1,183 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX), down 3.5%, and NVR ( NVR), down 1.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Apogee ( APOG), up 5.0%, Texas Industries ( TXI), up 2.6%, USG ( USG), up 1.0% and Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI), up 0.7%.

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

5. Clean Harbors ( CLH) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Clean Harbors is down $1.44 (-2.5%) to $55.75 on average volume Thus far, 284,990 shares of Clean Harbors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 554,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.33-$56.36 after having opened the day at $55.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.19.

Clean Harbors, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides environmental, energy, and industrial services. Clean Harbors has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Clean Harbors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Clean Harbors as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Clean Harbors Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) is down $0.59 (-1.2%) to $48.91 on light volume Thus far, 146,241 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 659,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.83-$49.83 after having opened the day at $49.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.50.

Vulcan Materials Company engages in the production and sale of construction aggregates, as well as asphalt mix, ready-mixed concrete, and cement primarily in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Aggregates, Concrete, Asphalt Mix, and Cement. Vulcan Materials Company has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 25.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, Quanta Services ( PWR) is down $0.27 (-1.1%) to $25.38 on light volume Thus far, 385,552 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 $25.33-$25.66 after having opened the day at $25.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.65.

Quanta Services, Inc. provides specialty contracting services primarily in North America. Quanta Services has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full Quanta Services Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Fluor Corporation ( FLR) is down $0.27 (-0.5%) to $53.50 on light volume Thus far, 374,538 shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.98-$53.71 after having opened the day at $53.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.77.

Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management services worldwide. Fluor Corporation has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 shows low profit margins. Get the full Fluor Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) is down $0.06 (-0.6%) to $9.02 on light volume Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.95-$9.10 after having opened the day at $9.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.07.

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 $9.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 68.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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.

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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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