4 Stocks Dragging In The Materials & Construction Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 125 points (-0.8%) at 16,333 as of Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,733 issues advancing vs. 1,234 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Lennar Corporation ( LEN), down 1.3%, Waste Management ( WM), down 0.5% and Republic Services ( RSG), down 0.5%. A company within the industry that increased today was Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW), up 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Stericycle Incorporated ( SRCL) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Stericycle Incorporated is down $1.70 (-1.4%) to $118.39 on average volume. Thus far, 211,265 shares of Stericycle Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 350,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $118.21-$120.74 after having opened the day at $120.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $120.09.

Stericycle, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides regulated waste management and related services. Stericycle Incorporated has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.4% 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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3. As of noon trading, Masco Corporation ( MAS) is down $0.38 (-1.7%) to $21.72 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.60-$22.18 after having opened the day at $22.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.10.

Masco Corporation engages in the manufacture, distribution, and installation of home improvement and building products primarily in North America and Europe. Masco Corporation has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 53.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Masco Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Masco Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth 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 Masco Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is down $0.18 (-0.8%) to $21.41 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.32-$21.80 after having opened the day at $21.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.59.

D.R. Horton, Inc. operates as a homebuilding company. It is engaged in the acquisition and development of land; and construction and sale of residential homes in 27 states and 78 markets in the United States under the D.R. Horton, America's Builder, Emerald Homes, and Breland Homes. DR Horton has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate DR Horton a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DR Horton as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share 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 DR Horton Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, PulteGroup ( PHM) is down $0.18 (-0.9%) to $19.18 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.09-$19.51 after having opened the day at $19.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.36.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full PulteGroup Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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