WCN, PCL, RSG, CBI And MAS, 5 Materials & Construction Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 23 points (-0.2%) at 15,311 as of Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,760 issues advancing vs. 1,167 declining with 109 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Lennar Corporation ( LEN), up 1.6%, DR Horton ( DHI), up 1.4%, PulteGroup ( PHM), up 1.3%, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.2% and Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX), up 1.1%.

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

5. Waste Connections ( WCN) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Waste Connections is down $0.22 (-0.5%) to $44.47 on average volume. Thus far, 158,824 shares of Waste Connections exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 392,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.23-$44.64 after having opened the day at $44.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.69.

Waste Connections, Inc., an integrated solid waste services company, provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services. The company operates in four segments: Western, Central, Eastern, and Exploration and Production (E&P). Waste Connections has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 34.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Waste Connections a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waste Connections as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase 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 Waste Connections Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL) is down $0.36 (-0.8%) to $46.69 on light volume. Thus far, 243,660 shares of Plum Creek Timber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 769,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.67-$47.45 after having opened the day at $47.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.05.

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 $7.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 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 expanding profit margins. 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 Plum Creek Timber Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Republic Services ( RSG) is down $0.22 (-0.6%) to $33.92 on average volume. Thus far, 617,020 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 $33.78-$34.18 after having opened the day at $33.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.14.

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 $12.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI) is down $0.45 (-0.7%) to $65.91 on average volume. Thus far, 428,890 shares of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 986,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.70-$66.61 after having opened the day at $66.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.36.

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 $7.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 43.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, Masco Corporation ( MAS) is down $0.26 (-1.2%) to $21.56 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.31-$21.80 after having opened the day at $21.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.82.

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 $7.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 29.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Masco Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Masco Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Masco 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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