SRCL, FAST, LEN, CX And PHM, Pushing Materials & Construction Industry Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 15,368 as of Monday, May 20, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,885 issues advancing vs. 1,048 declining with 118 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 2.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V ( ICA), down 6.28, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 3.05, Masco Corporation ( MAS), down 2.46, DR Horton ( DHI), down 1.32 and Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW), down 0.85. A company within the industry that increased today was Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI), up 3.69.

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

5. Stericycle Incorporated ( SRCL) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Stericycle Incorporated is down $1.23 (-1.1%) to $111.78 on light volume Thus far, 119,138 shares of Stericycle Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 432,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $111.76-$112.74 after having opened the day at $112.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.01.

Stericycle, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides regulated waste management and related services. Stericycle Incorporated has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stericycle Incorporated as a buy. 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Stericycle Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Fastenal Company ( FAST) is down $0.34 (-0.7%) to $50.77 on light volume Thus far, 522,996 shares of Fastenal Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.70-$51.14 after having opened the day at $51.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.11.

Fastenal Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a wholesaler and retailer of industrial and construction supplies in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company offers fasteners and other industrial and construction supplies under the Fastenal name. Fastenal Company has a market cap of $15.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fastenal Company as a buy. 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Fastenal Company Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Lennar Corporation ( LEN) is down $0.72 (-1.6%) to $43.10 on average volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.07-$44.40 after having opened the day at $43.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.82.

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 $6.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennar Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Lennar Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) is down $0.27 (-2.2%) to $12.09 on light volume Thus far, 5.1 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.05-$12.36 after having opened the day at $12.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.36.

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 $13.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 25.2% 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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1. As of noon trading, PulteGroup ( PHM) is down $0.44 (-1.8%) to $23.51 on light volume Thus far, 2.9 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.49-$24.17 after having opened the day at $23.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.95.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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