4 Stocks Pushing The Materials & Construction Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 73 points (0.5%) at 14,495 as of Friday, March 22, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,725 issues advancing vs. 1,132 declining with 170 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. A company within the industry that fell today was PulteGroup ( PHM), up 1.4%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. MDU Resources Group ( MDU) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, MDU Resources Group is down $0.31 (-1.3%) to $24.35 on average volume Thus far, 368,340 shares of MDU Resources Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 688,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.35-$24.69 after having opened the day at $24.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.66.

MDU Resources Group, Inc. operates as a diversified natural resource company in the United States. The company's Electric segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. MDU Resources Group has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate MDU Resources Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MDU Resources Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full MDU Resources Group Ratings Report now.

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