SRCL, VMC And RSG, Pushing Materials & Construction Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 16,035 as of Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,480 issues advancing vs. 1,397 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was AAON ( AAON), up 4.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Caesarstone Sdot-Yam ( CSTE), up 5.2%, McDermott International ( MDR), up 4.9%, Armstrong World Industries ( AWI), up 4.3%, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI), up 2.2% and Toll Brothers ( TOL), up 2.1%.

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

3. Stericycle Incorporated ( SRCL) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Stericycle Incorporated is down $0.96 (-0.8%) to $116.39 on average volume. Thus far, 109,044 shares of Stericycle Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 281,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $116.28-$117.77 after having opened the day at $117.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.35.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Stericycle Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Stericycle Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) is down $0.35 (-0.6%) to $55.57 on light volume. Thus far, 194,624 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 636,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.44-$56.56 after having opened the day at $55.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.92.

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 $7.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 496.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Republic Services ( RSG) is down $0.33 (-0.9%) to $34.57 on light volume. Thus far, 540,590 shares of Republic Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.48-$34.95 after having opened the day at $34.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.90.

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 $12.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Republic Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Republic Services 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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