5 Stocks Dragging In The Materials & Construction Industry

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 61 points (0.4%) at 15,361 as of Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,640 issues advancing vs. 1,247 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Lennar Corporation ( LEN), down 3.0%, Meritage Homes Corporation ( MTH), down 2.3%, DR Horton ( DHI), down 2.4%, Foster Wheeler ( FWLT), down 1.6% and PulteGroup ( PHM), down 1.3%.

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

5. Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials is down $1.14 (-1.1%) to $98.78 on average volume. Thus far, 144,606 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 348,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $97.64-$99.67 after having opened the day at $99.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.92.

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of aggregates for the construction industry primarily in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean Islands. Martin Marietta Materials has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Martin Marietta Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Martin Marietta Materials 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Martin Marietta Materials Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, NVR ( NVR) is down $14.86 (-1.6%) to $887.21 on average volume. Thus far, 16,091 shares of NVR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 40,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $885.40-$902.05 after having opened the day at $902.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $902.07.

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 $4.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate NVR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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 has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full NVR Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI) is down $1.05 (-1.6%) to $63.29 on light volume. Thus far, 308,753 shares of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.27-$64.45 after having opened the day at $64.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.34.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V., an energy infrastructure focused company, provides conceptual design, technology, engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, and commissioning services to customers in the energy, petrochemical, and natural resource industries worldwide. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 38.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Chicago Bridge & Iron Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chicago Bridge & Iron Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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 Chicago Bridge & Iron Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Owens-Corning ( OC) is down $0.34 (-0.8%) to $39.52 on light volume. Thus far, 320,846 shares of Owens-Corning exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.48-$39.87 after having opened the day at $39.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.86.

Owens Corning produces and sells glass fiber reinforcements and other materials for composite systems; and residential and commercial building materials worldwide. It operates in two segments, Composites and Building Materials. Owens-Corning has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Owens-Corning a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Owens-Corning as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Owens-Corning Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Toll Brothers ( TOL) is down $0.51 (-1.6%) to $31.96 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.95-$32.58 after having opened the day at $32.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.47.

Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities. It is also involved in building or converting existing rental apartment buildings into high-, mid-, and low-rise luxury homes. Toll Brothers has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Toll Brothers a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toll Brothers 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 and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Toll Brothers 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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