Editor's Note: 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 All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 135 points (1.0%) at 13,995 as of Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, 11:44 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,283 issues advancing vs. 634 declining with 96 unchanged. The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. A company within the industry that fell today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Fluor Corporation ( FLR), up 1.8%, Masco Corporation ( MAS), up 1.4%, Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW), up 1.2%, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX), up 1.3% and DR Horton ( DHI), up 1.4%. TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today: 4. M/I Homes ( MHO) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, M/I Homes is down $1.24 (-4.5%) to $26.00 on average volume Thus far, 269,666 shares of M/I Homes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 399,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.83-$27.57 after having opened the day at $27.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.24. M/I Homes, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, primarily operates as a builder of single-family homes in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Homebuilding and Financial Services. M/I Homes has a market cap of $594.0 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 102.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate M/I Homes a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates M/I Homes 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full M/I Homes Ratings Report now. It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE
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