5 Materials & Construction Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.1%) at 16,065 as of Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,030 issues advancing vs. 1,883 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that fell today was Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.5%. A company within the industry that increased today was Waste Connections ( WCN), up 1.1%.

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

5. Darling International ( DAR) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Darling International is down $0.61 (-2.9%) to $20.12 on light volume. Thus far, 224,511 shares of Darling International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 964,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.06-$20.69 after having opened the day at $20.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.73.

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 $2.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Darling International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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 and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Darling International Ratings Report now.

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