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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4. As of noon trading, Rayonier ( RYN) is down $0.44 (-0.9%) to $49.42 on light volume Thus far, 282,375 shares of Rayonier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 894,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.31-$50.06 after having opened the day at $49.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.86.

Rayonier, Inc. engages in the sale and development of real estate and timberland management, as well as in the production and sale of cellulose fibers in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. Rayonier has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Rayonier a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rayonier as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Rayonier Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Toll Brothers ( TOL) is down $0.25 (-0.8%) to $30.75 on light volume Thus far, 778,110 shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.58-$31.00 after having opened the day at $31.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.00.

Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for single-family detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities. Toll Brothers has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 51.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Toll Brothers a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toll Brothers as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Toll Brothers Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is down $0.20 (-1.1%) to $18.68 on light volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.59-$18.94 after having opened the day at $18.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.88.

D.R. Horton, Inc. operates as a homebuilding company. The company engages in the acquisition and development of land; and construction and sale of residential homes in 26 states and 77 markets in the United States primarily under the D.R. Horton, America's Builder name. DR Horton has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 52.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate DR Horton a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DR Horton as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity 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 DR Horton Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Lennar Corporation ( LEN) is down $0.32 (-0.9%) to $36.88 on light volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.76-$37.20 after having opened the day at $37.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.20.

Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding, financial services, and real estate businesses in the United States. Lennar Corporation has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 92.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennar Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Lennar Corporation 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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