RYL, FAST, MAS And CX, 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 12 points (0.1%) at 15,069 as of Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,670 issues advancing vs. 1,254 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was PulteGroup ( PHM), up 1.55. A company within the industry that increased today was Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.55.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Ryland Group ( RYL) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ryland Group is down $1.66 (-3.5%) to $46.39 on average volume Thus far, 810,638 shares of Ryland Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.08-$48.20 after having opened the day at $47.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.05.

The Ryland Group, Inc. operates as a homebuilder and a mortgage-finance company in the United States. It engages in the design, construction, and sale of homes, as well as provides mortgage origination, title insurance, escrow, and insurance services. Ryland Group has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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

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