4 Stocks Pushing The Materials & Construction Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 28 points (-0.2%) at 13,217 as of Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,125 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.7%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Foster Wheeler ( FWLT) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Foster Wheeler is down $0.31 (-1.3%) to $23.45 on light volume Thus far, 363,075 shares of Foster Wheeler exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.33-$23.80 after having opened the day at $23.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.76.

Foster Wheeler AG, through its subsidiaries, operates as an engineering and construction contractor; and power generating equipment supplier worldwide. Foster Wheeler has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Foster Wheeler a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Foster Wheeler as a buy. 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, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Foster Wheeler Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, NVR ( NVR) is down $8.24 (-0.9%) to $921.75 on average volume Thus far, 22,097 shares of NVR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 34,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $921.75-$935.96 after having opened the day at $930.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $929.99.

NVR, Inc. operates as a homebuilder in the United States. NVR has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates NVR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NVR 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, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. 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 NVR Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Stericycle Incorporated ( SRCL) is down $0.59 (-0.6%) to $93.28 on light volume Thus far, 113,584 shares of Stericycle Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 475,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.26-$94.06 after having opened the day at $93.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.87.

Stericycle, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides regulated waste management and related services. Stericycle Incorporated has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Stericycle Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stericycle Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. 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 Stericycle Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is down $0.19 (-0.7%) to $27.54 on light volume Thus far, 806,900 shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.49-$27.73 after having opened the day at $27.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.73.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $14.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 47.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Weyerhaeuser 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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