3 Stocks Dragging The Materials & Construction Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 49 points (0.3%) at 16,411 as of Monday, April 28, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,415 issues advancing vs. 1,576 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Texas Industries ( TXI), down 4.6%, Eagle Materials ( EXP), down 4.4% and Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI), down 2.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Waste Management ( WM), up 1.4%.

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

3. Fluor ( FLR) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Fluor is down $0.99 (-1.3%) to $74.74 on light volume. Thus far, 424,979 shares of Fluor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.69-$76.13 after having opened the day at $75.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.73.

Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, fabrication and modularization, commissioning and maintenance, and project management services worldwide. Fluor has a market cap of $12.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Fluor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fluor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Fluor Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Sherwin-Williams ( SHW) is down $3.30 (-1.6%) to $197.43 on average volume. Thus far, 378,459 shares of Sherwin-Williams exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 758,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $197.35-$202.00 after having opened the day at $201.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $200.73.

The Sherwin-Williams Company is engaged in the development, manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers worldwide. Sherwin-Williams has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams 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, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. 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 Sherwin-Williams Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Cemex SAB de CV ( CX) is down $0.14 (-1.1%) to $12.25 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Cemex SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.14-$12.44 after having opened the day at $12.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.39.

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, produces, markets, distributes, and sells cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials in Mexico, the United States, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Cemex SAB de CV has a market cap of $14.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Cemex SAB de CV a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex SAB de CV as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Cemex SAB de CV 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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