VMC, RSG, RYL, FAST And DHI, 5 Materials & Construction Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 87 points (-0.6%) at 14,874 as of Thursday, June 6, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,317 issues advancing vs. 1,603 declining with 125 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.38. A company within the industry that fell today was Clean Harbors ( CLH), up 1.31.

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

5. 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 $0.18 (-0.3%) to $50.80 on average volume Thus far, 271,209 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 620,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.19-$51.00 after having opened the day at $50.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.98.

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 $6.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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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4. As of noon trading, Republic Services ( RSG) is down $0.22 (-0.6%) to $33.60 on light volume Thus far, 430,145 shares of Republic Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.57-$33.88 after having opened the day at $33.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.82.

Republic Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, and recycling and disposal services for commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential customers in the United States and Puerto Rico. Republic Services has a market cap of $12.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Republic Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Republic Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Republic Services Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Ryland Group ( RYL) is down $1.07 (-2.5%) to $41.32 on average volume Thus far, 932,384 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 $41.22-$42.60 after having opened the day at $42.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.39.

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 $2.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Ryland Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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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2. As of noon trading, Fastenal Company ( FAST) is down $0.34 (-0.7%) to $47.36 on average volume Thus far, 585,131 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 $47.28-$48.28 after having opened the day at $47.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.70.

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 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Fastenal Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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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1. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is down $0.18 (-0.8%) to $22.47 on average volume Thus far, 3.8 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.13-$22.78 after having opened the day at $22.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.65.

D.R. Horton, Inc. operates as a homebuilding company. The company engages in the acquisition and development of land; and construction and sale of residential homes in 26 states and 77 markets in the United States primarily under the D.R. Horton, America's Builder name. DR Horton has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate DR Horton a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DR Horton 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full DR Horton 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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