Stericycle Inc (SRCL): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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Stericycle ( SRCL) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, Stericycle rose $1.26 (1.1%) to $112.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, 555,441 shares of Stericycle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 470,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $111.56-$113.88 after having opened the day at $111.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.63. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Comstock ( CHCI), up 2.2%, Abengoa ( ABGB), up 2.1%, Covanta ( CVA), up 2.0% and Ecology and Environment ( EEI), up 2.0%.

Stericycle, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides regulated and compliance solutions to the healthcare and commercial businesses. The company collects and processes specialized waste for disposal services. Stericycle has a market cap of $9.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Stericycle a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stericycle 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, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Meritage Homes ( MTH), down 8.2%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 4.8%, Stock Building Supply Holdings ( STCK), down 4.4% and Avalon Holdings ( AWX), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Toll Brothers ( TOL) being today's materials & construction industry laggard.

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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