3 Stocks Dragging The Materials & Construction Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 34 points (-0.2%) at 15,991 as of Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,256 issues advancing vs. 1,637 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was Stericycle Incorporated ( SRCL), up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Lennar Corporation ( LEN), up 2.4%, DR Horton ( DHI), up 0.9%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.8% and Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX), up 0.8%.

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

3. MDU Resources Group ( MDU) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, MDU Resources Group is down $0.16 (-0.6%) to $29.26 on light volume. Thus far, 108,348 shares of MDU Resources Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 570,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.20-$29.50 after having opened the day at $29.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.42.

MDU Resources Group, Inc. operates as a diversified natural resource company in the United States. The company's Electric segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. MDU Resources Group has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the utilities sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 40.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate MDU Resources Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MDU Resources Group 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, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full MDU Resources Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Darling International ( DAR) is down $0.70 (-3.2%) to $21.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 835,866 shares of Darling International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 958,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.66-$21.19 after having opened the day at $20.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.70.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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1. As of noon trading, NVR ( NVR) is down $7.95 (-0.8%) to $971.21 on average volume. Thus far, 24,529 shares of NVR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 34,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $968.07-$981.31 after having opened the day at $980.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $979.16.

NVR, Inc. operates as a homebuilder in the United States. The company engages in the construction and sale of single-family detached homes, townhomes, and condominium buildings under the trade names of Ryan Homes, NVHomes, Fox Ridge Homes, and Heartland Homes. NVR has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, 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 Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate NVR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NVR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in stock price during the past year and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full NVR 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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