Stericycle Incorporated (SRCL): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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Stericycle Incorporated ( SRCL) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.1%. By the end of trading, Stericycle Incorporated fell $1.72 (-1.5%) to $114.76 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,133,734 shares of Stericycle Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 402,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $111.75-$115.54 after having opened the day at $113.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.48. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Pike ( PIKE), down 4.3%, Sterling Construction Company ( STRL), down 3.6%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 2.9% and China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), down 2.7%.

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. Shares are up 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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.

On the positive front, Matrix Service Company ( MTRX), up 29.8%, USG ( USG), up 13.4%, Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC), up 9.1% and Sharps Compliance Corporation ( SMED), up 7.6% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with PulteGroup ( PHM) 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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