5 Stocks Pulling The Materials & Construction Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 7 points (0.0%) at 14,818 as of Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,623 issues advancing vs. 1,312 declining with 88 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Clean Harbors ( CLH), down 1.9%, Rayonier ( RYN), down 1.6% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 1.6%. A company within the industry that increased today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 2.8%.

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

5. NVR ( NVR) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, NVR is down $9.81 (-1.1%) to $846.00 on average volume. Thus far, 27,962 shares of NVR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 40,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $843.93-$872.37 after having opened the day at $860.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $855.81.

NVR, Inc. operates as a homebuilder in the United States. The company engages in the construction and sale of single-family detached homes, townhomes, and condominium buildings under the trade names of Ryan Homes, NVHomes, Fox Ridge Homes, and Heartland Homes. NVR has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate NVR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NVR 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, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full NVR Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL) is down $1.01 (-2.3%) to $43.30 on average volume. Thus far, 521,747 shares of Plum Creek Timber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 842,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.15-$44.94 after having opened the day at $44.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.31.

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 $7.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Plum Creek Timber a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Plum Creek Timber Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Republic Services ( RSG) is down $0.26 (-0.8%) to $32.25 on average volume. Thus far, 782,508 shares of Republic Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.24-$32.86 after having opened the day at $32.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.51.

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 $11.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. 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, reasonable valuation levels, 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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2. As of noon trading, Waste Management ( WM) is down $0.28 (-0.7%) to $40.16 on average volume. Thus far, 738,241 shares of Waste Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.15-$40.95 after having opened the day at $40.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.44.

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 $19.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. 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, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. 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 Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) is down $1.32 (-0.8%) to $171.08 on light volume. Thus far, 220,788 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 802,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $170.87-$174.97 after having opened the day at $172.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $172.40.

The Sherwin-Williams Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean region. Sherwin-Williams Company has a market cap of $17.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity 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 Sherwin-Williams Company 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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