5 Stocks Pushing The Materials & Construction Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 45 points (0.3%) at 14,027 as of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,918 issues advancing vs. 965 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Armstrong World Industries ( AWI), down 3.2%, Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW), down 2.0% and Waste Connections ( WCN), down 1.5%. A company within the industry that increased today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.7%.

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

5. NVR ( NVR) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, NVR is down $10.60 (-1.0%) to $1,029.10 on light volume Thus far, 5,911 shares of NVR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 34,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,028.26-$1,046.00 after having opened the day at $1,038.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,039.70.

NVR, Inc. operates as a homebuilder in the United States. NVR has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full NVR Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Eagle Materials ( EXP) is down $1.27 (-1.8%) to $67.82 on average volume Thus far, 384,708 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 714,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.52-$69.61 after having opened the day at $69.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.09.

Eagle Materials Inc. manufactures and distributes building products used in residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure construction in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Cement, Gypsum Wallboard, Recycled Paperboard, and Concrete and Aggregates. Eagle Materials has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Eagle Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Eagle Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Eagle Materials Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, USG ( USG) is down $0.47 (-1.5%) to $29.97 on light volume Thus far, 589,530 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.93-$30.94 after having opened the day at $30.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.44.

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and distribution of building materials worldwide. USG has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates USG as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full USG Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Lennar Corporation ( LEN) is down $0.38 (-1.0%) to $39.82 on light volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.62-$40.59 after having opened the day at $40.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.20.

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 $6.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. 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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1. As of noon trading, PulteGroup ( PHM) is down $0.14 (-0.7%) to $20.16 on light volume Thus far, 2.6 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.06-$20.60 after having opened the day at $20.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.31.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 PulteGroup Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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