3 Stocks Dragging The Materials & Construction Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 31 points (0.2%) at 16,439 as of Monday, April 21, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,695 issues advancing vs. 1,308 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Toll Brothers ( TOL), down 1.0%, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 1.0% and Fluor Corporation ( FLR), down 0.8%.

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

3. NVR ( NVR) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, NVR is down $57.61 (-5.2%) to $1,059.01 on heavy volume. Thus far, 75,340 shares of NVR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 50,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,038.67-$1,071.34 after having opened the day at $1,071.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,116.62.

NVR, Inc. operates as a homebuilder in the United States. The company operates through Homebuilding and Mortgage Banking segments. NVR has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates NVR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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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2. As of noon trading, USG ( USG) is down $0.54 (-1.7%) to $31.06 on average volume. Thus far, 730,798 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.97-$31.58 after having opened the day at $31.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.60.

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a manufacturer and distributor of building materials worldwide. It operates in three segments: North American Gypsum, Worldwide Ceilings, and Building Products Distribution. USG has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 11.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates USG as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full USG Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Masco Corporation ( MAS) is down $0.27 (-1.2%) to $21.79 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.71-$22.47 after having opened the day at $22.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.06.

Masco Corporation manufactures, distributes, and installs home improvement and building products in North America and internationally. Masco Corporation has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Masco Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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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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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