5 Stocks Dragging The 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 15 points (0.1%) at 15,558 as of Monday, July 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,691 issues advancing vs. 1,251 declining with 101 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Ryland Group ( RYL), down 3.1%, Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX), down 1.8%, NVR ( NVR), down 1.6% and Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW), down 1.0%. A company within the industry that increased today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.2%.

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

5. Eagle Materials ( EXP) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Eagle Materials is down $0.93 (-1.3%) to $69.55 on light volume. Thus far, 197,429 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 970,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.37-$70.97 after having opened the day at $70.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.48.

Eagle Materials Inc. manufactures and distributes building products used in residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure construction in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Cement, Gypsum Wallboard, Recycled Paperboard, and Concrete and Aggregates. Eagle Materials has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 20.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Eagle Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Eagle Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Eagle Materials Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Toll Brothers ( TOL) is down $0.22 (-0.6%) to $33.89 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.44-$34.45 after having opened the day at $34.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.11.

Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities. It is also involved in building or converting existing rental apartment buildings into high-, mid-, and low-rise luxury homes. Toll Brothers has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Toll Brothers a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toll Brothers 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, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Toll Brothers Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is down $0.33 (-1.5%) to $21.74 on light volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.49-$22.34 after having opened the day at $22.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.07.

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 $7.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 11.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate DR Horton a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 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, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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2. As of noon trading, PulteGroup ( PHM) is down $0.35 (-1.8%) to $19.01 on average volume. Thus far, 4.2 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.87-$19.50 after having opened the day at $19.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.36.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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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1. As of noon trading, Lennar Corporation ( LEN) is down $0.49 (-1.4%) to $35.04 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.61-$35.88 after having opened the day at $35.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.53.

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 $5.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennar Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Lennar 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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