5 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 23 points (-0.2%) at 13,146 as of Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,344 issues advancing vs. 1,517 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include MasTec ( MTZ), down 1.0%, NVR ( NVR), down 1.4%, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 1.6%, Foster Wheeler ( FWLT), down 1.3% and PulteGroup ( PHM), down 0.7%.

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

5. M.D.C. Holdings ( MDC) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, M.D.C. Holdings is down $0.50 (-1.4%) to $34.23 on average volume Thus far, 331,534 shares of M.D.C. Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 744,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.08-$35.36 after having opened the day at $35.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.73.

M.D.C. Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses in the United States. M.D.C. Holdings has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 125.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 97.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates M.D.C. Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates M.D.C. Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full M.D.C. Holdings Ratings Report now.

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