4 Stocks Dragging In The Materials & Construction Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 82 points (-0.5%) at 15,473 as of Friday, July 26, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,028 issues advancing vs. 1,878 declining with 105 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. A company within the industry that fell today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 2.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Waste Connections ( WCN) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Waste Connections is down $0.72 (-1.7%) to $41.85 on average volume. Thus far, 209,250 shares of Waste Connections exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 474,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.79-$42.67 after having opened the day at $42.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.57.

Waste Connections, Inc., an integrated solid waste services company, provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services. The company operates in four segments: Western, Central, Eastern, and Exploration and Production (E&P). Waste Connections has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 26.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Waste Connections a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waste Connections as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Waste Connections Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Republic Services ( RSG) is down $1.05 (-3.0%) to $34.09 on average volume. Thus far, 968,363 shares of Republic Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.08-$35.25 after having opened the day at $34.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.14.

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 $12.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Waste Management ( WM) is down $0.45 (-1.1%) to $41.90 on average volume. Thus far, 816,479 shares of Waste Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.75-$42.20 after having opened the day at $42.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.35.

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 $19.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 25.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, Fluor Corporation ( FLR) is down $0.58 (-0.9%) to $61.52 on average volume. Thus far, 638,132 shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.34-$62.17 after having opened the day at $61.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.10.

Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Oil & Gas, Industrial & Infrastructure, Government, Global Services, and Power. Fluor Corporation has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Fluor Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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