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 25 points (-0.2%) at 14,513 as of Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,309 issues advancing vs. 1,578 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation ( GLDD), down 18.3%, Quanta Services ( PWR), down 1.2%, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 1.0% and DR Horton ( DHI), down 0.6%.

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

5. Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials is down $1.34 (-1.3%) to $103.36 on heavy volume Thus far, 468,304 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 359,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.01-$105.16 after having opened the day at $104.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.71.

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of aggregates for the construction industry primarily in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean Islands. Martin Marietta Materials has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 57.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Martin Marietta Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Martin Marietta Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Martin Marietta Materials Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) is down $0.35 (-0.6%) to $54.46 on average volume Thus far, 350,011 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 700,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.94-$54.89 after having opened the day at $54.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.81.

Vulcan Materials Company engages in the production and sale of construction aggregates, as well as asphalt mix, ready-mixed concrete, and cement primarily in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Aggregates, Concrete, Asphalt Mix, and Cement. Vulcan Materials Company has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan Materials Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Vulcan Materials Company Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Fluor Corporation ( FLR) is down $0.49 (-0.8%) to $64.30 on average volume Thus far, 608,245 shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.21-$65.15 after having opened the day at $64.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.79.

Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Oil & Gas, Industrial & Infrastructure, Government, Global Services, and Power. Fluor Corporation has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Fluor Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fluor Corporation as a hold. 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 and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Fluor Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Toll Brothers ( TOL) is down $0.36 (-1.0%) to $34.21 on average volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.99-$34.66 after having opened the day at $34.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.57.

Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities. It is also involved in building or converting existing rental apartment buildings into high-, mid-, and low-rise luxury homes. Toll Brothers has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Toll Brothers a buy, 3 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, 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 Toll Brothers Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Lennar Corporation ( LEN) is down $0.34 (-0.8%) to $41.60 on average volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.40-$42.30 after having opened the day at $42.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.94.

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 $6.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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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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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