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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