3 Stocks Dragging In The Materials & Construction Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 28 points (-0.2%) at 16,647 as of Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,518 issues advancing vs. 1,472 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Rayonier ( RYN), up 1.3%, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.2%, Waste Connections ( WCN), up 0.9%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 0.7% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.6%.

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

3. Darling Ingredients ( DAR) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Darling Ingredients is down $0.26 (-1.3%) to $19.41 on average volume. Thus far, 458,080 shares of Darling Ingredients exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.39-$19.70 after having opened the day at $19.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.67.

Darling Ingredients Inc. develops and produces natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients worldwide. It offers a range ingredients and specialty products for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, technical, fuel, bioenergy, and fertilizer industries. Darling Ingredients has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Darling Ingredients a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Darling Ingredients as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its robust revenue growth -- not just in the most recent periods but in previous quarters as well. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Darling Ingredients Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX) is down $0.28 (-1.9%) to $14.62 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Louisiana-Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.61-$14.96 after having opened the day at $14.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.90.

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells building products for new home construction, repair and remodeling, manufactured housing, and light industrial and commercial construction. Louisiana-Pacific has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 19.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Louisiana-Pacific a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Louisiana-Pacific as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Louisiana-Pacific Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Armstrong World Industries ( AWI) is down $0.88 (-1.6%) to $53.79 on average volume. Thus far, 729,488 shares of Armstrong World Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.76-$54.75 after having opened the day at $54.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.67.

Armstrong World Industries, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells flooring products and ceiling systems worldwide. Armstrong World Industries has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 5.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Armstrong World Industries a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Armstrong World Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Armstrong World Industries 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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