BECN, SRCL, LPX, MAS And FLR, Pushing Materials & Construction Industry Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 79 points (-0.5%) at 15,419 as of Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,348 issues advancing vs. 1,561 declining with 117 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Tutor Perini ( TPC), down 5.1%, Darling International ( DAR), down 2.1%, PulteGroup ( PHM), down 0.7%, DR Horton ( DHI), down 0.7% and Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX), down 0.6%.

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

5. Beacon Roofing Supply ( BECN) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Beacon Roofing Supply is down $2.16 (-5.4%) to $37.53 on heavy volume. Thus far, 976,923 shares of Beacon Roofing Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 383,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.53-$39.83 after having opened the day at $38.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.69.

Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. distributes residential and non-residential roofing materials to contractors, home builders, building owners, and other resellers. Beacon Roofing Supply has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Beacon Roofing Supply a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Beacon Roofing Supply 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 Beacon Roofing Supply Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Stericycle Incorporated ( SRCL) is down $0.69 (-0.6%) to $117.00 on light volume. Thus far, 86,371 shares of Stericycle Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 363,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $116.29-$117.73 after having opened the day at $117.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.69.

Stericycle, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides regulated waste management and related services. Stericycle Incorporated has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 26.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Stericycle Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stericycle Incorporated 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Stericycle Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX) is down $0.53 (-3.0%) to $16.95 on light volume. Thus far, 912,533 shares of Louisiana-Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.91-$17.54 after having opened the day at $17.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.48.

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing and distributing building products for new home construction, repair and remodeling, manufactured housing, and light industrial and commercial construction. Louisiana-Pacific has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Louisiana-Pacific a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Louisiana-Pacific 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, 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 Louisiana-Pacific Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Masco Corporation ( MAS) is down $0.40 (-2.0%) to $19.89 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 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 $19.70-$20.25 after having opened the day at $20.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.29.

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 $7.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 21.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth 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 Masco Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Fluor Corporation ( FLR) is down $0.62 (-0.9%) to $65.42 on average volume. Thus far, 818,029 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 $65.34-$66.18 after having opened the day at $66.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.04.

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 $10.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 12.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. 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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