3 Stocks Dragging In The Materials & Construction Industry

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 29 points (-0.2%) at 16,367 as of Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,229 issues advancing vs. 1,681 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include NVR ( NVR), down 1.7%, and Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 0.9%.

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

3. DR Horton ( DHI) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, DR Horton is down $0.36 (-1.5%) to $23.97 on average volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.96-$24.33 after having opened the day at $24.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.33.

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 $7.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate DR Horton a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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2. As of noon trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) is down $0.12 (-0.9%) to $12.84 on light volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.80-$13.00 after having opened the day at $12.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.96.

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials in Mexico, the United States, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, South America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Cemex S.A.B. de C.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex S.A.B. de C.V as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Cemex S.A.B. de C.V Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Lennar Corporation ( LEN) is down $0.40 (-0.9%) to $43.32 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.06-$43.65 after having opened the day at $43.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.72.

Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in homebuilding activities in the United States. Lennar Corporation has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 10.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennar Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and increase 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 Lennar Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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