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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