VMC, WY And LEN, 3 Materials & Construction Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 0 points (0.0%) at 15,915 as of Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,252 issues advancing vs. 1,627 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that fell today was Fastenal Company ( FAST), up 1.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Harsco Corporation ( HSC), up 2.9%, EMCOR Group ( EME), up 2.2%, Rayonier ( RYN), up 0.9% and Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 0.9%.

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

3. 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 $0.50 (-0.9%) to $55.02 on light volume. Thus far, 237,060 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 639,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.56-$55.41 after having opened the day at $54.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.51.

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 $7.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 514.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Vulcan Materials Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is down $0.20 (-0.7%) to $29.29 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.09-$29.44 after having opened the day at $29.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.49.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Weyerhaeuser Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Lennar Corporation ( LEN) is down $0.40 (-1.1%) to $34.91 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.35-$35.31 after having opened the day at $35.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.31.

Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding, financial services, and real estate businesses in the United States. Lennar Corporation has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennar Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share 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 Lennar 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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