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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4. As of noon trading, Quanta Services ( PWR) is down $0.20 (-0.7%) to $27.71 on average volume Thus far, 848,965 shares of Quanta Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.62-$28.09 after having opened the day at $27.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.91.

Quanta Services, Inc. provides specialty contracting services and infrastructure solutions in North America and internationally. It operates in three segments: Electric Power Infrastructure Services; Natural Gas and Pipeline Infrastructure Services; and Fiber Optic Licensing and Other. Quanta Services has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Quanta Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Quanta Services 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Quanta Services Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Owens-Corning ( OC) is down $0.50 (-1.3%) to $37.76 on average volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Owens-Corning exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.57-$38.44 after having opened the day at $38.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.26.

Owens Corning produces and sells glass fiber reinforcements and other materials for composite systems; and residential and commercial building materials worldwide. It operates in two segments, Composites and Building Materials. Owens-Corning has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Owens-Corning a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Fluor Corporation ( FLR) is down $0.33 (-0.5%) to $65.11 on light volume Thus far, 373,801 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 $65.10-$65.98 after having opened the day at $65.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.44.

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 $10.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Lennar Corporation ( LEN) is down $0.25 (-0.6%) to $40.36 on average volume Thus far, 1.7 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 $40.11-$41.14 after having opened the day at $40.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.61.

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 $6.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 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, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Lennar Corporation 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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