5 Materials & Construction Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 44 points (0.3%) at 15,539 as of Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,783 issues advancing vs. 1,120 declining with 134 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include MasTec ( MTZ), down 3.3%, EMCOR Group ( EME), down 1.3% and Waste Connections ( WCN), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include USG ( USG), up 1.6%, MDU Resources Group ( MDU), up 1.6% and Quanta Services ( PWR), up 0.6%.

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

5. Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials Company is down $0.61 (-1.2%) to $51.74 on average volume. Thus far, 307,558 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 623,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.61-$52.72 after having opened the day at $52.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.35.

Vulcan Materials Company engages in the production and sale of construction aggregates, as well as asphalt mix, ready-mixed concrete, and cement primarily in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Aggregates, Concrete, Asphalt Mix, and Cement. Vulcan Materials Company has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan Materials Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, 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 weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Vulcan Materials Company Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX) is down $0.28 (-1.6%) to $17.75 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Louisiana-Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.68-$18.00 after having opened the day at $17.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.03.

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 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Louisiana-Pacific a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Louisiana-Pacific Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Waste Management ( WM) is down $0.22 (-0.5%) to $41.18 on average volume. Thus far, 707,360 shares of Waste Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.90-$41.47 after having opened the day at $41.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.40.

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 $19.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 21.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, increase in stock price during the past year, 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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2. As of noon trading, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI) is down $0.34 (-0.5%) to $63.87 on light volume. Thus far, 178,906 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 $63.53-$64.29 after having opened the day at $64.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.21.

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 $6.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 37.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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1. As of noon trading, PulteGroup ( PHM) is down $0.23 (-1.3%) to $16.91 on light volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.91-$17.35 after having opened the day at $17.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.14.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 9.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup as a hold. 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 increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full PulteGroup 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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