3 Stocks Dragging In The Materials & Construction Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 6 points (0.0%) at 14,695 as of Friday, April 26, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 953 issues advancing vs. 1,941 declining with 134 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.45 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.43. A company within the industry that increased today was Darling International ( DAR), up 4.31.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials Company is down $1.37 (-2.9%) to $46.05 on heavy volume Thus far, 512,533 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 658,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.03-$47.36 after having opened the day at $47.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.42.

Vulcan Materials Company engages in the production and sale of construction aggregates, as well as asphalt mix, ready-mixed concrete, and cement primarily in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Aggregates, Concrete, Asphalt Mix, and Cement. Vulcan Materials Company has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan Materials Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Vulcan Materials Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is down $2.05 (-2.1%) to $95.97 on light volume Thus far, 80,203 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 387,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.82-$98.33 after having opened the day at $97.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.02.

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of aggregates for the construction industry primarily in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean Islands. Martin Marietta Materials has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 53.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Martin Marietta Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Martin Marietta Materials Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) is down $2.55 (-1.4%) to $181.68 on light volume Thus far, 218,394 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 814,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $181.64-$184.55 after having opened the day at $184.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $184.23.

The Sherwin-Williams Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean region. Sherwin-Williams Company has a market cap of $18.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Sherwin-Williams Company Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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