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 97 points (0.7%) at 14,670 as of Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,756 issues advancing vs. 1,114 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Masco Corporation ( MAS), down 1.1%, MDU Resources Group ( MDU), down 1.2%, Armstrong World Industries ( AWI), down 1.0% and DR Horton ( DHI), down 0.8%.

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

5. USG ( USG) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, USG is down $0.47 (-1.8%) to $25.63 on light volume Thus far, 565,459 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.61-$26.50 after having opened the day at $26.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.10.

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and distribution of building materials worldwide. The company operates in three reportable segments: North American Gypsum, Worldwide Ceilings, and Building Products Distribution. USG has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 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, poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full USG Ratings Report now.

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