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Republic Services ( RSG) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Republic Services fell $0.87 (-2.5%) to $34.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,990,938 shares of Republic Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,512,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.99-$35.25 after having opened the day at $34.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.14. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Homex Development ( HXM), down 30.6%, TRC Companies ( TRR), down 4.7%, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation ( GLDD), down 4.5% and Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), down 4.4%.

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.

On the positive front, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 13.6%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 4.0%, China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), up 3.5% and Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 2.9% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with KB Home ( KBH) being today's featured materials & construction industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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