4 Materials & Construction Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 30 points (-0.2%) at 15,089 as of Monday, May 13, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,245 issues advancing vs. 1,704 declining with 112 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.09 versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged.

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

4. Clean Harbors ( CLH) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Clean Harbors is down $1.70 (-3.0%) to $54.01 on light volume Thus far, 185,095 shares of Clean Harbors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 671,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.96-$55.59 after having opened the day at $55.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.71.

Clean Harbors, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides environmental, energy, and industrial services in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and internationally. It operates in four segments: Technical Services, Field Services, Industrial Services, and Oil and Gas Field Services. Clean Harbors has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Clean Harbors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Clean Harbors Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) is down $0.53 (-1.0%) to $54.04 on average volume Thus far, 271,390 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 694,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.87-$54.83 after having opened the day at $54.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.57.

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 $7.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan Materials Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Vulcan Materials Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Fluor Corporation ( FLR) is down $1.21 (-1.9%) to $60.70 on light volume Thus far, 745,858 shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.50-$61.80 after having opened the day at $61.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.91.

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 $10.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fluor Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Fluor Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) is down $0.13 (-1.1%) to $11.87 on light volume Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.79-$11.97 after having opened the day at $11.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.00.

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials in Mexico, the United States, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, South America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V has a market cap of $12.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex S.A.B. de C.V as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Cemex S.A.B. de C.V Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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