3 Stocks Pushing The Materials & Construction Industry Lower

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 63 points (0.4%) at 15,199 as of Monday, July 8, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,878 issues advancing vs. 1,083 declining with 93 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 1.4%, Lennar Corporation ( LEN), down 1.0%, PulteGroup ( PHM), down 0.8% and DR Horton ( DHI), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Clean Harbors ( CLH), up 2.9%, MDU Resources Group ( MDU), up 1.9%, Waste Connections ( WCN), up 1.4% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.1%.

TheStreet 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 $0.30 (-0.6%) to $46.64 on average volume. Thus far, 283,324 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 661,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.52-$48.04 after having opened the day at $47.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.94.

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 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 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, increase in stock price during the past year 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, Waste Management ( WM) is down $0.24 (-0.6%) to $40.51 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Waste Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.42-$41.05 after having opened the day at $40.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.75.

Waste Management, Inc. provides waste management services to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in North America. It offers collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. Waste Management has a market cap of $18.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Waste Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waste Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, 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 Waste Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Masco Corporation ( MAS) is down $0.09 (-0.5%) to $19.70 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.59-$20.01 after having opened the day at $19.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.79.

Masco Corporation engages in the manufacture, distribution, and installation of home improvement and building products primarily in North America and Europe. Masco Corporation has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 18.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Masco Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Masco Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Masco Corporation 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).

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