3 Stocks Dragging In The Materials & Construction Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,424 as of Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,875 issues advancing vs. 1,030 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include KB Home ( KBH), up 7.6%, Ryland Group ( RYL), up 6.3%, Masco Corporation ( MAS), up 3.1%, Eagle Materials ( EXP), up 3.0% and Quanta Services ( PWR), up 2.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Darling International ( DAR) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Darling International is down $0.45 (-2.1%) to $21.01 on average volume. Thus far, 424,324 shares of Darling International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 693,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.84-$21.49 after having opened the day at $21.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.46.

Darling International Inc. provides rendering, used cooking oil, and bakery residual recycling and recovery solutions to the food industry. The company operates in two segments, Rendering and Bakery. Darling International has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 32.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Darling International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Darling International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels 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 Darling International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Stericycle Incorporated ( SRCL) is down $1.02 (-0.9%) to $114.55 on heavy volume. Thus far, 266,061 shares of Stericycle Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 273,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $114.45-$115.98 after having opened the day at $115.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $115.57.

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 24.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) is down $0.09 (-0.8%) to $11.62 on average volume. Thus far, 7.1 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.58-$11.70 after having opened the day at $11.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.71.

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials in Mexico, the United States, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, South America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 19.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Cemex S.A.B. de C.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex S.A.B. de C.V as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Cemex S.A.B. de C.V 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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