Darling International Inc. (DAR): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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Darling International ( DAR) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Darling International fell $0.23 (-1.1%) to $20.77 on light volume. Throughout the day, 997,157 shares of Darling International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,102,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.74-$21.72 after having opened the day at $21.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.00. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 5.5%, Patrick Industries ( PATK), down 4.4%, Caesarstone Sdot-Yam ( CSTE), down 3.8% and Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), down 3.1%.

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. Shares are up 30.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 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.

On the positive front, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), up 10.2%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 9.5%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), up 4.9% and China Ceramics ( CCCL), up 4.7% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with DR Horton ( DHI) being today's featured materials & construction industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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