RYN, PCL, RSG And MAS, Pushing 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 27 points (0.2%) at 15,548 as of Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,364 issues advancing vs. 1,544 declining with 117 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was Aegion ( AEGN), up 5.5%.

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

4. Rayonier ( RYN) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Rayonier is down $0.96 (-1.6%) to $57.89 on light volume. Thus far, 171,169 shares of Rayonier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 651,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.89-$59.24 after having opened the day at $58.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.85.

Rayonier, Inc. engages in the sale and development of real estate and timberland management, as well as in the production and sale of cellulose fibers in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. Rayonier has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Rayonier a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rayonier as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Rayonier Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL) is down $0.57 (-1.2%) to $48.63 on light volume. Thus far, 220,324 shares of Plum Creek Timber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 880,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.40-$49.50 after having opened the day at $49.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.20.

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The trust owns and manages timberlands in the United States. Its products include lumber products, plywood, medium density fiberboard, and related by-products, such as wood chips. Plum Creek Timber has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Plum Creek Timber a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Plum Creek Timber as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Plum Creek Timber Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Republic Services ( RSG) is down $0.49 (-1.4%) to $33.69 on average volume. Thus far, 791,894 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 $33.68-$34.22 after having opened the day at $34.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.18.

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 $12.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 16.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Republic Services Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Masco Corporation ( MAS) is down $0.35 (-1.7%) to $20.45 on average volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.07-$20.95 after having opened the day at $20.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.80.

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 $7.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 24.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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 4 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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