3 Stocks Dragging In The Materials & Construction Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 34 points (0.2%) at 16,585 as of Friday, May 9, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,493 issues advancing vs. 1,448 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Fastenal ( FAST), down 0.6%, and Waste Management ( WM), down 0.6%.

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

3. Eagle Materials ( EXP) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Eagle Materials is down $1.44 (-1.8%) to $79.75 on heavy volume. Thus far, 658,275 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 675,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.77-$81.16 after having opened the day at $80.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.19.

Eagle Materials Inc. manufactures and distributes building products used in residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure construction in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Cement, Gypsum Wallboard, Recycled Paperboard, and Concrete and Aggregates. Eagle Materials has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Eagle Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Eagle Materials 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, solid stock price performance, 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 Eagle Materials Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials ( VMC) is down $1.14 (-1.9%) to $59.96 on average volume. Thus far, 629,022 shares of Vulcan Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 938,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.52-$61.26 after having opened the day at $61.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.10.

Vulcan Materials Company produces and sells construction aggregates, asphalt mix, ready-mixed concrete, and cement primarily in the United States. The company's Aggregates segment offers crushed stone, sand and gravel, sand, and other aggregates, as well as related products and services. Vulcan Materials has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Vulcan Materials a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan Materials 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Vulcan Materials Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Cemex SAB de CV ( CX) is down $0.36 (-2.8%) to $12.59 on heavy volume. Thus far, 12.2 million shares of Cemex SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.48-$12.93 after having opened the day at $12.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.95.

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 $15.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 9.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. 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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