TXI, MAS, TOL, DHI And PHM, Pushing 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 36 points (0.3%) at 14,562 as of Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,626 issues advancing vs. 1,256 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Aegion ( AEGN), down 7.0%, Lennar Corporation ( LEN), down 1.6% and Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.7%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.2% and Fluor Corporation ( FLR), up 1.1%.

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

5. Texas Industries ( TXI) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Texas Industries is down $2.81 (-4.3%) to $63.19 on heavy volume Thus far, 402,612 shares of Texas Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 345,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.81-$66.43 after having opened the day at $65.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.00.

Texas Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of heavy construction materials in the southwestern United States. It operates in three segments: Cement, Aggregates, and Consumer Products. Texas Industries has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 92.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Texas Industries a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Texas Industries as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Texas Industries Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Masco Corporation ( MAS) is down $0.30 (-1.5%) to $20.20 on light volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.13-$20.55 after having opened the day at $20.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.50.

Masco Corporation engages in the manufacture, distribution, and installation of home improvement and building products primarily in North America and Europe. Masco Corporation has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 23.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Masco Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Masco Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Masco Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Toll Brothers ( TOL) is down $0.48 (-1.4%) to $34.26 on light volume Thus far, 877,771 shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.24-$34.86 after having opened the day at $34.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.74.

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 $5.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Toll Brothers a buy, 4 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full Toll Brothers Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is down $0.28 (-1.2%) to $24.10 on light volume Thus far, 978,688 shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.09-$24.50 after having opened the day at $24.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.39.

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 $7.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate DR Horton a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance 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, PulteGroup ( PHM) is down $0.21 (-1.0%) to $20.11 on light volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.10-$20.54 after having opened the day at $20.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.32.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 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 3 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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